States where hydraulic fracturing is taking place have seen a surge in earthquake activity, raising suspicions that the unconventional drilling method could be to blame, especially the wells where the industry disposes of its wastewater.
California water well diggers are working around the clock, drilling wells for farmers desperate to keep their crops from turning to dust.
Santa Cruz is the first county in California to pass an anti-fracking ordinance that prohibits the controversial oil-drilling method.
Federal land managers are postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October, citing budget problems and low staffing, and the toll of environmental litigation.
With a renewed emphasis on natural gas as a cleaner-burning alternative fuel, Rio Vista — at the center of one of the state’s biggest gas fields — should benefit but there are signs that the gas wells are slowly giving out.
The Road Header machine that’s designed to cut through rock was switched on today at the Caldecott Tunnel on the Contra Costa side, and the drilling has begun on the new fourth bore.