California Fracking - courtesy Food & Water Watch

WATER BOARD FINES OIL COMPANY $60,000 FOR DISCHARGING FRACKING FLUID

The oil industry in California has constantly claimed that fracking (hydraulic fracturing) for oil and natural gas is “safe” and doesn’t harm the environment. “An honest appraisal of the science and common sense around hydraulic fracturing leads to a conclusion the technology we’ve used without harm in California for 60 plus years is safe and More Info »

Fracking Sacrifice Zones

BIG OIL LOBBYIST/MARINE GUARDIAN PRAISES DRAFT FRACKING REGULATIONS

A powerful oil industry lobbyist praised draft fracking regulations released by the Brown administration on November 15 for creating an “environmental platform” for the expansion of hydraulic fracking operations in California, while environmentalists condemned the regulations for falling short of protecting California lands and waters from the controversial oil drilling practice. Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President of More Info »

A STATE CAPITAL AWASH IN OIL MONEY

Big Oil treated legislators to $13,000 dinner before fracking bill vote The oil industry, the largest and most powerful corporate lobby in Sacramento, dumped millions of dollars into its successful lobbying efforts to eviscerate an already weak fracking bill, Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 4, at the end of the Legislative Session. Chevron, the Western More Info »

Le Parc Hotel in San Francisco on Thursday, October 17 from 5:30 to 7 pm to protest the Blue Green Alliance’s honoring of Governor Jerry Brown with its “Right Stuff” Award

GOVERNOR BROWN FAILS TO SHOW UP FOR ENVIRONMENTAL AWARD UNDER PRESSURE FROM PROTEST

Faced with the protest condemning his anti-environmental policies, Brown apparently decided to back out from receiving the award. In particular, the protest focused on Brown’s support for fracking, a massive twin tunnels project and his emissions trading scheme. A video of the protest is available at: http://www.facebook.com/… The protest was organized by a group of individuals More Info »

Radioactive Water From Fracking Found In Pennsylvania Streams (Duke University Research)

RADIOACTIVE WATER FROM FRACKING FOUND IN PENNSYLVANIA STREAMS

A number of important Pennsylvanian streams — many of which feed into the water supplies of large cities in the state — have become significantly contaminated with radioactive water from fracking operations, new research from Duke University has found. Radium levels 200 times higher than normal were measured in water downstream of the Josephine Brine Treatment Facility More Info »

IPCC Warns Methane Traps Much More Heat Than We Thought

IPCC WARNS METHANE TRAPS MUCH MORE HEAT THAN WE THOUGHT

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reports that methane (CH4) is far more potent a greenhouse gas than we had previously realized. This matters to the fracking debate because methane leaks throughout the lifecycle of unconventional gas. Natural gas is, after all, mostly methane (CH4). We learned last month that the best fracked wells appear to have low More Info »

oil piled up at the seawall near the Santa Barbara Harbor. From USGS, pulled from http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2009/today09-03-30.html

FEDS URGED TO HALT FRACKING OFF CALIFORNIA COAST

(Photo above: Oil piled up at the seawall near the Santa Barbara Harbor in 2010 – 31 years after the spill – From USGS, pulled from http://www.fnal.gov/pub/today/archive_2009/today09-03-30.html) A national environmental group on October 3 charged the federal government for violating a key national environmental law by allowing offshore fracking (hydraulic fracturing) in waters off California’s coast More Info »

Governor Jerry Brown

BROWN SIGNS BILL CREATING ‘ENVIRONMENTAL PLATFORM’ TO EXPAND FRACKING

Governor Jerry Brown on Friday, September 20 signed Senator Fran Pavley’s Senate Bill 4 – a controversial fracking bill that the head of the oil industry lobby admitted will clear the path to expanding the environmentally destructive oil extraction process in California. “While SB 4’s requirements went significantly farther than the petroleum industry felt was More Info »