“Gregory Zuckerman’s book ‘The Frackers’ tells the unexpected story of how a once-obscure method of producing oil and natural gas from shale rock led to a huge American energy boom – and to a bitter debate over whether that’s a great thing or an environmental disaster.”
“Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed sensible regulations for hydraulic , fracturing the controversial drilling method that involves pumping water and chemicals into the earth to release trapped oil and gas.
“They were written in response to a bill by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills (Los Angeles County), that the Legislature passed this year.”
From The Sacramento Bee, in a commentary by Rep. Kevin McCarthy:
“California’s reputation as a state where success has a shot has long placed us at the forefront of innovation and prosperity. … Today, an energy revolution that is taking root throughout the country can be California’s next great moment.
“The opportunity lies in a decades-old technique of extracting oil and gas safely from geologic formations deep underground, known as hydraulic fracturing.
“Oil companies would need a specific permit to frack a well in California and would have to notify neighbors at least 30 days in advance of the procedure, under regulations proposed Friday by state officials.”
“The debate over hydraulic fracturing is heating up in California, as the state released draft regulations on Friday for the controversial oil extraction technique. This follows a bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown earlier this year that adds new requirements for oil companies to protect groundwater and disclose more public information.”
“The state’s first successful piece of fracking legislation got signed into law despite satisfying neither of the key interests: it drew opposition from both the environmentalists warning of an unfettered fracking boom and the energy industry bemoaning cumbersome rules. This morning [Nov. 15], the California Department of Conservation plans to announce the first draft of regulations resulting from the bill.”
“Twenty of the nation’s top climate scientists have sent a letter to Gov. Jerry Brown, telling him that his plans supporting increased use of the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking,’ will increase pollution and run counter to his efforts to cut California’s global warming emissions.
“The history of oil and natural gas extraction has largely been the story of men with long straws, as Daniel Day-Lewis memorably demonstrated in ‘There Will Be Blood,’ trying to drink one another’s milkshakes.
“Gregory Zuckerman, in his new book ‘The Frackers,’ plants a less cozy image in your mind.
“As negotiations heated up at the end of the legislative session over a bill to regulate hydraulic fracturing in California, oil companies poured millions into lobbying the Legislature, quarterly reports released last week show.”
“Near almond orchards and the city of Shafter, state water authorities tested suspicious fluid in an oilfield sump — at a well named for the 1930s cartoon character Betty Boop. They found the fluid laced with boron, salts and a cocktail of notorious chemicals related to gasoline and diesel. It came from hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for oil.
From Switchboard, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) staff blog:
”Fracking’s water footprint is higher than previously thought, according to a new report out yesterday that combined data from many sources to provide one of the most comprehensive looks at how water is used by the oil and gas industry.