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Hydraulic Fracturing

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

Protestors stage a demonstration against fracking in California outside of the Hiram W. Johnson State Office Building on May 30, 2013 in San Francisco, California. Dozens of protesters with the group Californians Against Fracking staged a protest outside of California Gov. Jerry Brown's San Francisco offices demanding that Gov. Brown ban fracking in the state. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Panel Launches Probe Into Offshore Fracking

California regulators are launching an investigation into offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s.

08/15/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Bills To Halt Fracking In California Fail To Win Support

Attempts to place a moratorium on the controversial oil drilling technique known as fracking failed as the Legislature hit its first bill-passing deadline, but the industry almost certainly will face stronger regulations when this year’s legislative session is over.

05/31/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

Feds Postpone California Lease Auctions For Oil, Gas Drilling

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.

05/07/2013

San Ardo oil fields in Monterey County. (CBS)

California Lawmakers Advance Bill To Halt Oil Fracking

Critics of hydraulic fracturing urged lawmakers Monday to impose a moratorium on the controversial drilling technique, saying there is too much uncertainty about its health and environmental effects.

04/29/2013

Protestors hold signs against fracking during a demonstration outside of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) headquarters on July 25, 2012 in Sacramento.

State Lawmakers Eye Fracking Regulations With Handful Of Bills

State lawmakers have introduced at least eight bills that would regulate the practice of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking.”

03/11/2013