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In Case You Missed It: Duke University Study: Water demand from fracking less than 1 percent of U.S. total

January 01, 1970 | by CEI Staff

Reuters reported on a study out of Duke University that finds water used in the fracking process is only a fraction of what other industries use, and well under one percent of total fresh water consumption in the United States. “Fracking by the U.S. oil and gas industry has increased the burden on the nation's water resources, but still accounts for less than 1 percent of America's total industrial water use, according to a paper by researchers at Duke University published on Tuesday. “The controversial extraction method consumed roughly 48 billion gallons of water per year from 2012 to...

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Karen Hanretty Named Communications Director

January 01, 1970 | by CEI Staff

Californians for Energy Independence has named Karen Hanretty as its Communications Director, replacing Sabrina Lockhart. Hanretty joins Californians for Energy Independence with over 15 years of experience in media relations and public affairs. This wealth of experience includes managing communications for political, corporate, and non-profit clients. Previously Hanretty has served as the Managing Director for the largest independent public relations firm in Washington DC, a private political consultant, and the Vice President of Public Affairs for The American Beverage Association. At The American Beverage Association, Hanretty specialized in strategic communications, issue advocacy, and developing media strategies across all media platforms. Aside...

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Independent Scientific Hydraulic Fracturing Study Validates California's Strict Oil Production Standards

Californians for Energy Independence | July 09, 2015 | by Sabrina Lockhart

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Following the release of an independent scientific study on hydraulic fracturing in California by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Berkeley Lab, Californians for Energy Independence issued this statement: "This sound science, coupled with the most comprehensive oil regulations in the nation, ensures California remains on a path of responsible production to secure our state's energy needs. Producing oil and gas here, under our toughest-in-the-nation standards, creates affordable energy for Californians and reduces our dependence on foreign oil while protecting quality jobs and revenue for vital programs," said Sabrina Lockhart, communications director...

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In Case You Missed It: USA Today Editorial -- Fracking, with Care, Brings Big Benefits

USA Today | July 05, 2015 | by The Editorial Board

Last week, California officially finalized regulations for hydraulic fracturing, which the Los Angeles Times described as “toughest-in-the-nation fracking rules”. The USA Today editorial board today wrote: Fracking — the practice of cracking open underground oil and gas formations with water, sand and chemicals — has rescued U.S. energy production from a dangerous decline. Any debate about banning it should take a hard look at what that would cost the nation and at facts that aren't always part of the discussion. Those facts are spelled out in a recent report from the Environmental Protection Agency on fracking and groundwater. One of the...

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Drought forces environmentalists to rethink California fracking

Orange County Register | July 01, 2015 | by David Lavance

The truth is that the fracking facts are in. With the current drought situation, fracking in California has never been more under attack. The problem that still remains however, is a solution for any viable alternatives. The need to find alternatives for fossil fuels is up for little debate, but the advances in wind, solar and other natural sources are decades away from any sort of practical implementation. The cleanest fossil fuel is natural gas and banning California fracking just makes us more dependent on worse energy sources. A few of the key facts that should drastically...

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Oil Production in California - Polls show no support for new taxes

January 01, 1970

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – The Public Policy Institute of California released new statewide polling showing that if an oil severance tax were on the ballot today, it would fail. Those in the camp that would support such a measure, that could potentially impose a 10 percent “oil extraction tax” for oil production in California is none other than California billionaire environmentalist, Tom Steyer. This tax would significantly increase the cost of California oil production. "Hedge fund billionaire Tom Steyer, who can afford higher prices at the pump and was the highest political spender in the last election, has floated an idea to increase oil...

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Long-Awaited EPA Study Finds Fracking Has Not Led to Widespread Water Contamination

Energy In Depth | June 04, 2015 | by Katie Brown, PhD

Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is releasing its long awaited, five-year study, which finds “hydraulic fracturing activities have not led to widespread, systematic impacts to drinking water resources.” As many have noted, this is the most important study on hydraulic fracturing to come out over the past five years – a fact that EPA’s Science Advisor and Deputy Assistant Administrator of EPA’s Office of Research and Development pointed to in a press release, “It is the most complete compilation of scientific data to date, including over 950 sources of information, published papers, numerous tec...

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Toni Atkins talks budget, fracking and taxes at press club

Sacramento Bee | May 21, 2014 | by Jeremy White

The energy extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has emerged as a rallying point for environmental advocates who warn the technique is unsafe and want Brown to institute a moratorium. Atkins seemed to align with the governor when asked about fracking, saying it should be regulated but could help satisfy California's energy needs. "We are going to have to strike a balance in terms of how to protect the environment, deal with the concerns of public safety and the health concerns people may have, and also continuing to make sure we have oil," she said. "We are dependent on...

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Orange County Register: Op-Ed -- Anti-Oil Scaremongering Fails

Orange County Register | April 05, 2015 | by Carolyn Cavecche

The battle for energy independence produced a big victory in the small city of La Habra Heights and serves as an example for what many local governments across the state may soon face. In a record high turnout for the city, a resounding 57 percent of voters struck down a far-reaching ban on oil production. Activists have been using hydraulic fracturing as a stalking horse, but their end goal is to stop all oil production in the state. Instead of celebrating the fact that California has the nation’s toughest standards for hydraulic fracturing, they’re attempting to pass bans at the local...

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Jerry Brown Says Banning Fracking in California "Doesn’t make a lot of Sense"

Energy in Depth | March 23, 2015 | by Dave Quast

When one of the nation’s most celebrated environmentalists speaks about “ban–fracking” groups being too extreme, it’s hard not to listen. California’s Governor Jerry Brown has never been one to pull punches and this time is no different. Known to go head-to-head with big oil, Brown’s latest statements on NBC’s Meet The Press cuts right through the rhetoric. “First, fracking in California has been going on for more than 50 years and uses a fraction of the water of fracking on the east coast for gas particularly. This is vertical fracking for the most part. It is different. California imports 70 percent...

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