“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
“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
“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
“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
“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.”