“A group of state lawmakers is calling for an investigation by federal regulators into reports of oil companies engaging in hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, off the California coast.
“Assemblyman Das Williams (D-Santa Barbara) wrote the letter signed by seven other state legislators and sent to the the Department of Interior and the Environmental Protection Agency. … The letter was also signed by Democratic Sens.
“The issue of fracking and earthquakes took on new currency in early July, when Science magazine, the thoroughly peer-reviewed journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, published two studies.
“The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so cheap and for the time being, plentiful?
“Anthony Earley, chairman and CEO of PG&E Corp., said in an interview with the San Jose Mercury News editorial board that companies using fracking should be required to publicly disclose the chemicals they pump into the ground and should be required to test groundwater before and after they drill for oil and gas.”
“On a number of hot-button topics, state legislatures are debating and even passing bills that could never get passed — or sometimes even discussed — in the nation’s capital.” Fracking is included in this list of five issues.
“A landmark federal study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process contaminated drinking water aquifers at a western Pennsylvania drilling site, the Department of Energy said.”
“Over the past few years, the U.S. fracking boom has taken a great many people by surprise. Companies have been producing so much oil and gas that it’s now putting a strain on America’s energy infrastructure.”
“Members of the California Water Commission voiced concerns of their own Wednesday about whether the state should treat the recipes for some fracking liquids as trade secrets, not to be disclosed to the public.”
“The Register’s Editorial Board gained insight into key energy issues in the following interview with Western States Petroleum Association’s [Catherine] Reheis-Boyd. …
[Excerpt from Reheis-Boyd's response during Q&A on fracking] “‘Hydraulic fracturing has been used in California for more than 60 years and has never been associated with negative impacts to the environment, including groundwater.