California Puts Oil Profits Ahead of Safe Drinking Water

January 25, 2017 Briana Mordick California state agencies last week said they’ll put the interests of Big Oil and Gas before the interests of public health. The California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources’ (DOGGR) and State Water Resources Control Board’s (SWRCB) plan will allow oil and gas companies to violate state regulations, miss agreed-upon deadlines, … Continue reading “California Puts Oil Profits Ahead of Safe Drinking Water”

Final Report on Injection Wells

Howard Wilshire, October 2016 Programs for disposing of fluid wastes by injection into the ground in wells are regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Rules for permitting such wells are specified in EPA’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) program; the basic purpose is to prevent contamination of … Continue reading “Final Report on Injection Wells”

Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry

Our leaders thought fracking would save our climate. They were wrong. Very wrong. By Bill McKibben March 23, 2016 Global warming is, in the end, not about the noisy political battles here on the planet’s surface. It actually happens in constant, silent interactions in the atmosphere, where the molecular structure of certain gases traps heat that … Continue reading “Global Warming’s Terrifying New Chemistry”

Toxins Found in Fracking Fluids and Wastewater, Study Shows

Posted on January 6, 2016 Stone Hearth News Newswise — In an analysis of more than 1,000 chemicals in fluids used in and created by hydraulic fracturing (fracking), Yale School of Public Health researchers found that many of the substances have been linked to reproductive and developmental health problems, and the majority had undetermined toxicity … Continue reading “Toxins Found in Fracking Fluids and Wastewater, Study Shows”

Oil Industry Illegally Dumps Fracking Wastewater

October 6, 2015 California state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity in October 2014 revealed that the oil industry had illegally dumped almost three billion gallons of wastewater from fracking (hydraulic fracturing to extract oil and gas) into central California aquifers. According to the Center for Biological Diversity report, the leaking occurred through at … Continue reading “Oil Industry Illegally Dumps Fracking Wastewater”

Activists warn that SB 350 will do nothing to address CA oil and gas drilling

by Dan Bacher Governor Jerry Brown, in yet one more photo opportunity to portray himself as the “Green Governor,” will join government, climate, business, environmental justice and community leaders today in Los Angeles to sign legislation – SB 350 by Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), This bill “bolsters California’s nation-leading commitment … Continue reading “Activists warn that SB 350 will do nothing to address CA oil and gas drilling”

Groups Charge Delta Tunnels Plan with Violating Clean Water Act

Environmental and fishing groups on October 7 alerted the Federal and State agencies responsible for issuing permits before any construction of the Delta Tunnels can start that the controversial project will violate the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). A 15-page letter from the groups documents multiple violations of the landmark CWA if the project is … Continue reading “Groups Charge Delta Tunnels Plan with Violating Clean Water Act”

Environmental Group Seeks Injunction to stop Fracking in California

By Sandy Mazza, Daily Breeze July 31, 2015 A national environmental organization went to court this week demanding an immediate halt to hydraulic fracturing and other intensive well-stimulation methods until California petroleum industry regulators can consider new scientific findings of troubling health and environmental threats. If a judge agrees with the Center for Biological Diversity, … Continue reading “Environmental Group Seeks Injunction to stop Fracking in California”

Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Illegal Dumping of Toxic Oil Waste Into California’s Imperiled Water Supplies

Will Rostov Staff Attorney, Earthjustice May 7, 2015 San Francisco, CA Environmental groups challenge ‘emergency’ rules permitting unlawful contamination of protected aquifers This is DOGGR outrageously re-writing the law to allow needless and unlawful contamination of drinking water during a severe drought for the benefit of the oil industry. A lawsuit filed today by environmental … Continue reading “Lawsuit Seeks to Halt Illegal Dumping of Toxic Oil Waste Into California’s Imperiled Water Supplies”

Fracking is Depleting Water Supplies in America’s Driest Areas, Report Shows

By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian February 11, 2015 America’s oil and gas rush is depleting water supplies in the driest and most drought-prone areas of the country, from Texas to California, new research has found. Of the nearly 40,000 oil and gas wells drilled since 2011, three-quarters were located in areas where water is scarce, … Continue reading “Fracking is Depleting Water Supplies in America’s Driest Areas, Report Shows”