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Natural Resources Secretary and California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Confirm No Drinking Water Contamination

California Natural Resources Agency | March 10, 2015 | by Richard Stapler

California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird confirmed at a March 10th hearing: disposal wells for oil recovery are not polluting groundwater suitable for human consumption. The day before the hearing, the US EPA sent a letter formally approving California’s current plan to safeguard groundwater supply. Since July 2014, as part of an ongoing assessment by the State Water Resources Control Board, drinking water wells that were potentially at risk underwent repeated testing only to find no evidence of contamination by oil production fluids. These studies confirming proper disposal techniques and federal/state regulator agreement on the...

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ICYMI: Hydraulic Fracturing, a Net Water Producer in California

May 06, 2015

While activists have been quick to point the finger at the energy industry in the midst of the state’s drought, hydraulic fracturing is actually a net water producer in California and part of the solution to our water crisis. In a recent radio interview, Rock Zierman of the California Independent Petroleum Association explains: “We are net providers [of water] when it comes to hydraulic fracturing because it’s only a couple hundred acre feet that we are consuming and yet we are providing tens of thousands of acre feet to farmers who desperately need it in this drought situation.” When considering the water...

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ICYMI: Caltech Seismologist Debunks Activists’ Accusations Linking California Earthquakes to Fracking

April 23, 2015

In a front page story in today’s Los Angeles Times, a Caltech seismologist invalidated extreme activists' false accusations linking hydraulic fracturing and earthquakes in California. According to the story: "In California, wastewater wells in the Los Angeles Basin are not believed to cause earthquakes, according to Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson, who was not involved in the USGS report. Earthquakes aren't observed to be clustered in oil fields in Southern California, he said. ... "In California, scientists say different oil extraction practices may be why earthquakes aren't occurring due to wastewater injection here. "One factor is that the Los Angeles Basin's petroleum deposits...

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ICYMI: State Oil and Gas Supervisor Confirms “No Contamination” of Water

April 02, 2015

In a Department of Conservation release detailing the state’s strict regulation of California energy production techniques, State Oil and Gas supervisor Dr. Steven Bohlen confirms: “To be clear, no contamination has been found related to oil and gas operations...” This statement is part of a memo highlighting DOGGR’s continued efforts to ensure strong environmental protections are in place to protect California’s natural resources. California’s SB 4, signed into law in 2013, created the strictest environmental protections and production regulations of any state in the nation. To read the memo, click here.

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ICYMI: Attorney General’s Office Denies Petition to Ban Oil Production Technique

March 30, 2015 | by Click Sminth

Last week, the California Department of Justice issued a response to a Center for Biological Diversity petition seeking to ban hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” In a letter denying the petition, California Attorney General Kamala Harris’s office described it as “factually inaccurate [and] legally flawed.” The letter affirmed California’s strict environmental regulation of oil production techniques including fracking, saying they are “rooted in science and sound public policy.” Highlights from the letter include: “Hydraulic fracturing has been used for decades in the state and, although the Legislature has been asked to ban the practice on several occasions, it has refused to...

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In Case You Missed It: What They Are Saying After the Obama Administration Releases New Energy Rules Matching California’s Strict Standards on Hydraulic Fracturing

March 25, 2015

Last week, the Obama Administration’s Bureau of Land Management issued new rules governing hydraulic fracturing. Portions of the federal plan – such as groundwater monitoring and disclosure of chemicals used – mirror what is already the law in California. Here’s what others have been saying in the news following the release of these regulations: “First of all fracking in California has been going on for more than 50 years…California imports 70% of our petroleum products. Our cars drive over 330 billion miles mostly on petroleum. If we reduce our oil drilling in California by a few percent, which a...

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Hydraulic Fracturing in California Helped Save the U.S. Economy

American Thinker | March 16, 2015 | by Chriss Street

A recent study done by IHS Research has credited hydraulic fracturing as one of the “shovel ready jobs” that helped lift America out of the Great Recession, creating an increase in employment of 1.7 million. The 70 percent decrease in in natural gas prices from $7.59 in 2006 to $283 mcf today, allowed manufacturing to expand faster than the economy for the first time since the 1980s. Those who have opposed fracking complain that with natural gas now 80 percent cheaper than “sustainable energy” like wind and solar, America is hastening global warming. Over the past nine months the price...

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The Hill: Stand Up to Junk Science on Fracking

The Hill | March 13, 2015 | by Thomas Pyle

Smart drilling practices in the United States have without argument, bestowed numerous economic and environmental benefits to our great nation. The innovations of entrepreneurs who have coupled horizontal drilling with hydraulic fracturing have had caused the U.S. to be a world leader in domestic energy production, while ranking number one in oil and gas production. All energy sources pose a partial risk in production, but science and experience consistently prove that hydraulic fracturing offers a substantial amount of rewards in comparison to the risks. The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, for instance, explains, “When properly conducted, modern fracking is a...

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Fossil Fuels Will Save the World (Really)

The Wall Street Journal | March 13, 2015 | by Matt Ridley

The three main arguments that the environmental movement has pushed forward in recent years in regard to giving up fossil fuels is: (1) That they will be gone very soon; (2) they will be priced out of the marketplace due to alternate sources of energy; and (3) The climate will not be able to bear the consequences of burning them. The idea that fossil fuels are soon to run out is, at least for now, dead in its tracks. Over the past six months the collapse of the price of oil has been a direct result of an over-abundant stock. The...

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Facts about Fracking: Without The Energy Revolution, Job Growth Would Drag

Investor's Business Daily | March 12, 2015 | by Stephen Moore and Kathleen Hartnett White

As we all know from compelling employment reports for January and February of 2015, job growth is well on its way. So what’s the story? How can this be? Well, if those are the questions you’re asking, you’re correct to be asking them. It seems that the story of recent job growth is not being told in its entirety. The fact is, is that much of our nations hiring rates are going up due to low energy prices, which has unleashed a comeback for many industries. So who’s behind the lower energy costs? The shale oil and gas revolution…that’s who....

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