Hydraulic Fracturing

US-Energy-Gas-Environment A Consol Energy Horizontal Gas Drilling Rig explores the Marcellus Shale outside the town of Waynesburg, PA on April 13, 2012. It is estimated that more than 500 trillion cubic feet of shale gas is contained in this stretch of rock that runs through parts of Pennsylvania, New York, Ohio and West Virginia. Shale gas is natural gas stored deep underground in fine-grained sedimentary rocks.  (Mladen Antonov/AFP/Getty Images)

San Benito County Divided Over Fracking Measure On November Ballot

Voters in San Benito County will become the first in California to decide on a measure about fracking in November. Measure J would ban the practice, and that vote has a county divided.

09/30/2014

A KPIX 5 crew captured this video of Bakken crude oil getting unloaded from a train at a rail yard in Richmond. (CBS)

New Safety Rules Proposed For Oil Rail Tanker Cars That Carry Explosive, Fracked Crude

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.

07/23/2014

A Halliburton hydrualic fracturing (fracking) operation in the Bakken Formation, North Dakota. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

Report Links Fracking To Surge Of Earthquake Activity

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.

07/14/2014

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Federal Report Energizes California Anti-Fracking Movement

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.

05/22/2014

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Santa Cruz First County In State To Ban Fracking

Santa Cruz is the first county in California to pass an anti-fracking ordinance that prohibits the controversial oil-drilling method.

05/21/2014

WesPac Energy wants to modernize and reactivate this old PG&E oil storage terminal in Pittsburg. The facility would primarily hold fracked oil shipped by train from North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. (CBS)

Tighter Regulations Recommended For Trains Carrying Crude Oil Into Bay Area

There have been four major crashes of North American trains carrying crude. Now in an unprecedented move, federal investigators in the U.S. and Canada are saying trains need tighter regulations before disaster strikes again.

01/24/2014

WesPac Energy wants to modernize and reactivate this old PG&E oil storage terminal in Pittsburg. The facility would primarily hold fracked oil shipped by train from North Dakota, Colorado, and Texas. (CBS)

Explosive Fracked Oil Destined For Bay Area; Neighbors Rail Against Chemical Trains

Major plans are underway to bring fracked oil to the Bay Area by rail from North Dakota. It turns out the oil is not your average crude.

01/11/2014

Kern County farmer Tom Frantz captured these images of dumping at a Vintage Production fracking site. (Tom Frantz)

Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central Valley

For the first time, California has penalized an oil company over illegal fracking activity after the discovery of a video showing wrongful dumping of the fracking discharge.

11/26/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Gov. Brown Expected To Sign Fracking Bill, Environmentalists Disapprove

A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.

09/12/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

California Lawmakers Approve New Rules For Fracking

Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation headed to the governor’s desk.

09/11/2013

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