Oil Drilling May Be Coming Back to Brentwood Next To New HomesOil rigs pumping crude right next to homes may be the norm in Kern County. But not in the Bay Area, and that's why it came as a shock when some East Bay residents found out about a proposal to drill for oil right behind their housing development.
Stanford University Study Finds Fracking Harmed Wyoming Drinking WaterStanford University researchers released a new study stating that practices common in the hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, industry have impacted a Wyoming community's drinking water and may be impacting other drinking water sources.
California Orders 33 Oil Wells Shut For Dumping Waste Fluid Into Protected AquifersCalifornia is shutting down another 33 oilfield wells that state officials improperly permitted to inject into federally-protected water supplies.
Report: Earthquakes Triggered By Oil, Gas Drilling Shake Over A Dozen Areas In U.S.More than a dozen areas in the United States have been shaken in recent years by small earthquakes triggered by oil and gas drilling, a government report released Thursday found.
UC Researcher's Study Suggests Fracking Leads To Higher Levels Of Radon GasA preliminary study co-authored by a University of California researcher claims levels of cancer-causing radon gas has increased in Pennsylvania homes as fracking has expanded in the state.
San Benito County Divided Over Fracking Measure On November BallotVoters 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.
New Safety Rules Proposed For Oil Rail Tanker Cars That Carry Explosive, Fracked CrudeThousands 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.
Report Links Fracking To Surge Of Earthquake ActivityStates 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.
Federal Report Energizes California Anti-Fracking MovementOpponents 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 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.
Tighter Regulations Recommended For Trains Carrying Crude Oil Into Bay AreaThere 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.
Explosive Fracked Oil Destined For Bay Area; Neighbors Rail Against Chemical TrainsMajor 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.
Oil Company Caught Illegally Dumping Fracking Discharge In Central ValleyFor 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.
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.
California Lawmakers Approve New Rules For FrackingOil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation headed to the governor's desk.