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In Case You Missed It: Natural Resources Secretary and California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Confirm No Drinking Water Contamination

March 10, 2015

From the California Natural Resources Agency: California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matthew Rodriquez and Natural Resources Secretary John Laird today will testify before a joint State Senate committee hearing on the progress made in the past year to ensure disposal wells for oil recovery in Central California are not polluting groundwater suitable for human use. Both the state’s oil and gas supervisor and water quality regulator will testify, as well the director of the Department of Conservation, who will talk about past challenges, current progress and future safeguards. Additionally, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) sent a letter yesterday approving...

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Why All the Gas Price Stability? Try Looking at Domestic Energy Production

Michigan State University | February 23, 2015 | by Dennis Pennington

With all of the recent geo-political unrest in the Middle East, consumers around the nation may be wondering why gas prices haven’t sky-rocketed the same way they did back between 2004-2006. The cause of this stability is directly connected to the fact that our nation has increased its domestic production of crude oil and ethanol. The increased California energy production has caused our nation to be able to decrease its dependency and reliance on foreign oil. Alongside our increased energy independence, Americans have also taken to more fuel-efficient vehicles and have begun to drive fewer miles. The combination of production...

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Banning Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Scapegoat to Halt Independence

San Luis Obispo Tribune | February 22, 2015 | by John Allan Peschong

Instead of only hydraulic fracturing in California, these often deeply flawed ballot measures deceptively ban all oil production – including traditional methods that have been safely used in counties across California for more than a century. The word “fracking” is one that taps into the emotional side of the conversation, which anti-energy extremists use to as a “straw-man” scare tactic to drive unreasonable reactions. Radical activists that want to ban California hydraulic fracturing, move from community to community and put into place their pseudo fracking bans on local ballots, potentially creating and increasing devastating impacts. The state of...

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In Case You Missed It: Judge fracking on science, not hype

February 06, 2015

The following op-ed recently appeared in the Sacramento Bee:   Judge fracking on science, not hype  By Dave Quast, Energy in Depth It is common to compare New York and California as they are often at the forefront of the biggest policy issues facing the nation. The governors of these two bellwether states have approached the issue of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, very differently and for that Californians can be grateful. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s health commissioner announced that the state would continue its ban on fracking even though the state health department couldn’t find evidence that fracking is harmful. In fact,...

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Another View: Judge fracking on science, not hype

Sacramento Bee | February 06, 2015 | by Dave Quast

Bolstered by science, California’s policymakers have chosen to protect our environment and boost our economy. The more energy we produce in California, the more we will be able to provide affordable energy for consumers, create jobs, generate significant tax revenue and reduce our dependence on foreign fuels, all while lowering global carbon emissions. Read more here.

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A tale of two states and the perils of ignoring science

Contra Costa Times | January 24, 2015 | by Dave Quast

California -- the nation's third-largest energy-producing state -- has had a robust debate about hydraulic fracturing for the past several years. Because fracking has been happening safely in California since Eisenhower was president, there was no reason to act rashly. State officials moved deliberately, holding dozens of public hearings and looking carefully at the abundant scientific literature. Fracking bans were defeated handily in the state's overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. Rather than giving in to a very vocal but scientifically challenged portion of his party's base, the governor and Legislature supported SB4, a sweeping piece of legislation that strictly regulates fracking and...

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Dual Studies Assess Impact of Hydraulic Fracturing of Oil and Gas Resources in California

The National Law Review | January 23, 2015 | by Morgan Lewis

Hydraulic fracturing in California also uses significantly less water: 530 cubic meters of water per well, on average, compared to about 16,000 cubic meters used in horizontal wells in the Eagle Ford Formation in Texas and the 12,000 to 20,000 cubic meters used in the horizontal wells in the Marcellus Shale Formation in Pennsylvania. Consequently, certain practices and impacts of hydraulic fracturing in other states do not necessarily apply to hydraulic fracturing in California. Read more here.

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The Fracking Fracas over Earthquakes

National Review | January 21, 2015 | by Jillian Kay Melchior

Even the authors of the fracking-earthquake study think the reaction to it has gotten out of hand. ...Robert Skoumal, the primary author, tells National Review Online that he was concerned about the response as news of the report went viral: “Millions of people saw this [study], and the comment section was just a train wreck. People didn’t really see what we were doing, what we were arguing. . . . These are pretty small events, so an outright ban [on fracking] wouldn’t be appropriate.” Read more here.

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Oil producers' under-appreciated role in U.S. economy: Kemp

Reuters | January 21, 2015 | by John Kemp

For private industry as a whole, an extra 4.2 million FTE jobs were created over the period, an increase of just 4 percent. Oil and gas extraction therefore accounted for 7 percent of all jobs created in the economy between 2002 and 2013. And oil and gas-related jobs are also among the best-paying in the entire economy, according to the BEA. Average wages and salaries per FTE for oil and gas extraction ($157,275) were almost three times the private sector average ($55,424) in 2013. Average wages and salaries in the support sector ($85,432) were also well above the national average. Read...

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Got a political agenda? At least be honest about it

Bakersfield Californian | January 20, 2015 | by Lois Henry

Meanwhile, however, environmental groups are given a pass. Even when they spread misinformation and outright lies. (More on that in a minute.) ...The hysteria over fracking is ridiculous. Wells have been fracked (fractured) for nearly two generations in Kern County. I personally covered new fracking techniques when fields around Shafter were first being developed more than 20 years ago. And ... nothing. ...So what's the real agenda here? To end oil production entirely in order to make renewables look more cost attractive? If so, stop with the subterfuge and own it. Read more here.

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