“Gov. Jerry Brown was on KQED Forum today discussing the recently signed regional pact with Oregon, Washington state, and British Columbia to fight global warming.
“But as Paul Rogers, managing editor of KQED Science and an environmental reporter for the San Jose Mercury News wrote yesterday, rather than hailing Brown, environmentalists are focusing on an area in which they disagree with Brown.
“The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California’s most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.
“In waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach – some of the region’s most popular surfing strands and tourist attractions – oil companies have used fracking at least 203 times at six sites in the past two decades, according to interviews and drilling records obtained by The Associated Press through a public
“Fresno fracking opponents will be demonstrating Saturday night [Oct. 19] as part of “Global Frackdown2,”a worldwide effort to oppose injecting chemical-laden water into the ground to open up oil-bearing rocks. …
“The group is asking for the Fresno City Council and the Fresno County Board of Supervisors to pass an ordinance to enforce a moratorium.”
“After a media investigation revealed that federal regulators quietly approved at least four fracking projects off the Santa Barbara coast without environmental review, a national environmental group is calling for an immediate end to the practice.”
“When a bill becomes law and influential special interests on both sides squawk, it’s worth taking a close look.
“The outcome may be a good compromise.
“That’s clearly the case with state legislation to regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a method employed by drillers to extract previously unrecoverable oil and natural gas embedded in subterranean rock.”
“Something amazing is happening in the American economy. It’s time California got on the bandwagon.
“That should be the take-away for state residents from reports that the United States will overtake Russia as the world’s largest oil and gas producer by year’s end, thanks to radical improvements in hydraulic fracturing.”
From The Sacramento Bee in a commentary by Michael Brune and Kathryn Phillips:
“By signing Senate Bill 4, a severely compromised fracking bill, Gov. Jerry Brown has shown a lack of optimism and confidence in California’s future at a time when the state has its greatest chance – and need – to move beyond oil and gas to clean energy.”
“Last Friday, the governor signed Senate Bill 4, which addresses the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in California. Under existing California law, the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is responsible for issuing permits for the drilling and operation of oil and gas wells.
“The governor signaled his support for the fracking regulation bill during the legislative session. Fracking involves shooting pressurized water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and natural gas.”
“Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday to regulate the oil drilling method known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and study its risks, a measure that drew opposition from oil companies and divided environmentalists.
“The Obama administration has tentatively settled an environmental lawsuit over oil and gas drilling in Monterey and Fresno counties with an agreement to conduct a statewide study of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and its possible effects on water and wildlife.
“The tentative settlement was announced Monday in a federal court filing in San Jose.”