Fracking in California
In the last decade, oil companies have turned their attention to the Monterey Shale formation and are using fracking and other increasingly extreme measures to access California's remaining oil and gas reserves.   Read more.
Technology
In order to extract California's remaining fossil fuel reserves, the oil industry is experimenting with a number of new techniques that rely on proppants, corrosive acids and other potentially lethal chemicals.   Read more.
Health
Fracking uses hundreds of chemicals, including endocrine disrupters and hydrofluoric acid, many of which can have serious negative health effects, including infertility, birth defects and cancer.   Read more.
Safety
Accidents that occur during the transport of crude oil and the dangerous chemicals used in fracking are just one of many threats to the safety of workers and nearby communities.   Read more.
Economy
Recent analysis of oil industry data reveals that projections of oil production in the Monterey Shale formation are highly overstated. The data raises questions about whether increased oil production will create jobs or help California's economy.   Read more.
Water
California oil fields generate far more wastewater than oil and gas. This wastewater can be dangerous, as it often contains toxins, high salt content and traces of radioactive material.   Read more.
Seismology
There is extensive research showing that the injection of large volumes of fluid deep into the earth the can destabilize fault lines and trigger man-made earthquakes.   Read more.
Climate
California's remaining oil reserves contain some of the heaviest, most carbon intensive oil on the planet. Producing and refining this oil is expected to dramatically increase California's carbon emissions.   Read more.
Food
The Monterey Shale formation lies directly beneath some of California's most productive farmland and critical water sources. Extracting oil from this formation carries serious risks for soil and water contamination.   Read more.

Fracking Press Clips: December 19, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

  • Local ballot measures in La Habra Heights and Hermosa Beach aimed banning hydraulic fracturing and other forms of unconventional oil extraction are headed to court over controversial ballot language. (KPCC, The Beach Reporter)

California News

La Habra Heights oil battle heats up, with dispute over initiative summary
KPCC
A vote next March on whether to ban certain types of oil production in the city of La Habra Heights is already causing controversy, as a lawsuit over election language comes to L.A. County Superior Court.

Hermosan files lawsuit disallowing ballot argument against oil
The Beach Reporter
Hermosa Beach resident Raymond Dussault filed a writ of mandate on Dec. 11 against City Clerk Elaine Doerfling for approving the ballot argument opposing Measure O. He also lists the ballot argument’s authors: Greg Savelli, Stacey Armato, Dr. Mary Campbell, Dr. Lisa Santora and George Schmeltzer.

Large Flames Visible at Chevron Richmond Refinery
ABC 7
Flaring at Chevron’s Richmond refinery produced dramatic flames and smoke Thursday evening that were visible for miles, but Chevron and county health officials say there should be no impact on residents

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Public Hearing on Drinking Water Policy

The State Water Resources Control Board is hosting a Public Hearing in Sacramento regarding Sources of Drinking Water Policy. Read more.