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: Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Today’s Top Story: 

Oil companies have begun to “refract” wells that were drilled as recently as three years ago. This development highlights the challenges of maintaining production rates, which can be as low as five percent, of wells drilled into tight oil deposits. The new process, which can’t be as tightly controlled as the original fracking job, uses minuscule plastic balls to help prop open fractures in the rock. (Reuters)

California News

Bill to ban future oil and gas projects off the California coast gets local support
KCBX
The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday morning in favor of supporting a bill that would ban future oil and gas drilling projects within California’s coastal waters.

Activists call for a county ban on fracking
Voice of OC
Orange County activists are calling for a ban on fracking locally until the oil-extraction method is further studied, and Tuesday they took their message to the county’s top elected officials.

Santa Barbara Ballot Measure Aims to Ban ‘Aggressive’ Drilling
Natural Gas Intel
California’s Santa Barbara County has an initiative (Measure P) on the November ballot aimed at restricting, if not banning, most enhanced drilling practices.

Clearsign to demonstrate next-gen emissions control technology
Oil & Gas Financial Journal
ClearSign Combustion Corp. (NASDAQ: CLIR), which provides combustion and emissions control technology for industrial, commercial, and utility markets, has entered into a field test agreement with Aera Energy LLC to demonstrate and test its proprietary Duplex tile combustion technology in oil fields located in Kern County, California.

National News

Refracking brings ‘vintage’ oil and gas wells to life
Reuters
A fracking boom isn’t enough for U.S. oil and gas producers – they’re now starting the re-fracking boom.Wells sunk as little as three years ago are being fracked again, the latest innovation in the technology-driven shale oil revolution. Hydraulic fracturing, which has upended global energy markets by lifting U.S. crude oil output to a 25-year high, has been troubled by quick declines in oil and gas output.

Despite Compromise, Colorado’s Fracking Fight Rages On
Think Progress
An 11th-hour compromise brokered by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) to keep contentious oil and gas measures off the November election ballot may simply delay the day of reckoning for both sides in the battle over how tightly the booming industry is regulated.

If You Think the Water Crisis Can’t Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained
National Geographic
Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.

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SPE Workshop: Improved and Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore Environments

This SPE workshop centers on the drive to achieve reduced costs and improved strategic management of offshore enhanced oil recovery operations. Topics include subsurface challenges, integrated modeling, and improvements to facilities/wells, among others. Read more.

California Air Resources Board Workshop to Discuss Regulatory Activities for Oil & Natural Gas Production Operations, including Well Stimulation

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) staff invites you to participate in a public workshop regarding ARB’s proposed regulatory activities for oil and natural gas production. Read more.

Los Angeles - State Water Board Meeting to Develop Groundwater Monitoring Model Criteria for Oil and Gas Areas

The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is hosting a public meeting to develop a model criteria for groundwater monitoring related to SB4. Read more.

Live Webinar: Environmental Forensic Investigation of Hydraulic Fracturing Fluids Used in Shale Gas Wells in the Easter United States

This is a free streaming audio Webcast and does not require a phone line. The presentation will address the sampling, sample preparation, and analysis of hydraulic fracturing materials. Read more.