Environmentally-Friendly Savior Of Oil Fracking Industry Could Be… Haliburton? New Fluids Made With Soy, Vegetables
In the environmentally sensitive Bay Area, “fracked” oil may be a dirty word, but new technology being pioneered by some environmentalists’ arch nemesis, Haliburton, could make fracking literally palatable by using fluids sourced from the food industry.
Thousands of older rail tank cars that carry crude oil would be phased out within two years under regulations proposed Wednesday in response to a series of fiery train crashes over the past year, including a runaway oil train that exploded in the Quebec town of Lac-Megantic, killing 47 people.
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.
Operators would have to perform real-time seismic monitoring during fracking and other oil recovery techniques. They also have to notify homeowners in English and Spanish about their right to get groundwater tested before and after a job.
Opponents of fracking are seizing on a new federal report that states fracking for oil in the California may not be as productive as initially forecast and on Thursday renewed their push to declare a moratorium on the controversial process of drilling for oil.
Santa Cruz is the first county in California to pass an anti-fracking ordinance that prohibits the controversial oil-drilling method.
Gov. Jerry Brown says California is at “the epicenter” of the effects of a warming planet as the state experiences longer fire seasons and more destructive wildland blazes.
Gov. Brown made a passionate speech on climate change, but he’s accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars from the oil and gas industry on his re-election campaign.
Two weeks ago, KPIX 5 discovered trains carrying explosive fracked crude oil have been rolling into the Bay Area under everyone’s radar. On Thursday, four environmental groups have filed a lawsuit over it, calling the crude by rail terminal illegal.
Last summer’s oil train accident in Quebec that killed 47 people has lawmakers and others in the Bay Area concerned that it could happen here as volume of crude oil and other petroleum products arriving from North Dakota and Canada to local refineries is surging.