Fracking Wednesday


On Dec. 30, 2014, California regulators released new state rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

State regulators and members of industry have repeatedly hailed the rigorous rules, which go into effect July 1. Dr. Steven Bohlen, California’s state oil-and-gas supervisor, called them “as strict or stricter than any other state’s.”

But some local scientists and environmentalists counter that the rules fall short, noting gaps in coverage and problems with the rulemaking process.

Fracking is the controversial practice of injecting a mixture of water, sand and chemicals down a well to crack open bedrock and extract previously hard-to-access oil and gas reserves.

There are already hundreds of fracked wells in California, mostly in the state’s Monterey shale region, in the central and southern parts of the state. The shale play could have around 600 million barrels of untapped reserves, according to a 2014 analysis by the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

But in the fracking boom’s wake, there’s growing public concern about the drilling impacts on the environment and public health. In drought-stricken California, residents are especially worried about the industry’s high demand for water—a single well can use a million gallons or more during its lifetime.

Californians are also wary of spills impacting precious water supplies, as well as fracking operations and related waste disposal triggering damaging earthquakes in the seismically active state.



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13 Responses to Fracking Wednesday

  1. Den says:

    Maybe with the cost of retrieving oil by fracking will deter the use since gas is so cheap, one can only hope.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Friends don’t let friends frack.


  3. º¿carol says:

    Swilly’s, great name of a place to stop for a beer, Doc.

    Thanks for the comet map, now I’ll know where to look. The last description was in the east, low on the horizon, out of my line of sight since there are trees and a house down a bit, and across the road. Every night I see Orion. Can even see it from any window on the front of the house.

    Looks like I didn’t get over here yesterday. Busy day, my son came over for one thing.


  4. º¿carol says:

    Got caught up on the Facebook news feed, came here and now it’s time to feed Quincy. Then he’ll want to play for a couple hours, so that’s that on the computer for me until after Jill picks him up at 6:10 p.m.


    • º¿carol says:

      When I clicked submit, box popped up telling me to “select a radio.” Huh? That was a new one on me. I looked around the page, didn’t see any clues so I exed out the poll. To heck w/ it.


  5. º¿carol says:

    MoveOn, I think it’s them, keeps sending me something like a petition to urge Elizabeth Warren to run. I ex them out. Not interested in urging her to run. She doesn’t need to waste her time.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    At least 35 minutes on the sticks today, even with some sun. That leaves 50 minutes more for tomorrow before Friday’s predicted rain.

    Glimpsed Christina at lunch start and a brief chat with Alice at lunch end. No beer @ the Hillside Cafe. 🙂


  7. David B. Benson says:

    Fracking Brings Ammonium and Iodide to Local Waterways
    No comment required.


  8. David B. Benson says:

    Too hazy tonight.


  9. Den says:

    Sheep-O-Clock once again, baaa!


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