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Secretary Jewell on Fracking

Energy Tomorrow | October 28, 2014 | by Mark Green

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, “Fracking has been around for over 60 years. It is the ability to actually unlock oil and gas from reservoirs away from the wellbore. New techniques with directional drilling and staged fracking have enabled people to direct those fractures into formations that release a lot of oil and gas a long way away – maybe two miles from the actual wellhead.” Read more here.

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The True Reason Gas Prices are Falling (Hint: It’s Not Because of Green Energy)

The Daily Signal | October 26, 2014 | by Stephen Moore

This is a result of the astounding shale oil and gas revolution made possible by made-in-America technologies like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling.  Already thanks to these inventions, the U.S. has become the number one producer of natural gas. But oil production in states like Oklahoma, Texas and North Dakota has doubled in just six years. Read more here.

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U.S. Gasoline Falls to Lowest Since 2010, Lundberg Says

Bloomberg News | October 26, 2014 | by Jessica Summers and Dan Murtaugh

U.S. oil output was 8.95 million barrels a day the week of Oct. 10, the most since 1985. U.S. production has increased about 66 percent in the past five years as companies have used horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to tap into hydrocarbon-rich layers of underground shale rock. Read more here.

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Mercury News editorial: Anti-fracking measures are a bellwether

San Jose Mercury News | October 24, 2014 | by The Editorial Board

The scientific community's assessment of the environmental risks of fracking are insufficient to justify a total ban. But under legislation authored by state Sen. Fran Pavley, whose environmental credentials are beyond question, a statewide environmental impact review of fracking is underway and due for completion in 2015. If the evidence warrants a ban, Pavley says she will fight for one. In the meantime, her SB 4, signed into law last year, is the toughest fracking regulation in the nation. It requires full disclosure of chemicals used, notification of affected property owners and groundwater testing before and after the procedure. Read more

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Oil Tax Money Funds North County

Santa Barbara Independent | October 23, 2014 | by Terry Reed

The property taxes generated from oil production are of great importance to education and public safety in Northern Santa Barbara County. Read more here.

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Letter: Why I strongly oppose Measure J

Hollister Free Lance | October 23, 2014 | by Marty Richman

To guard against any adverse health or environmental impacts the state also passed Senate Bill 4 in September, 2013.  It is undoubtedly the toughest oil and gas stimulations environmental bill in the nation requiring detailed reports, testing, public information and notifications.  The state has already issued many interim rules and regulations with more  to come by January, 2015. Read more here.

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Fracking Report Clears Way for California Oil and Gas Production

Heartlander Magazine | October 23, 2014 | by Bonner R. Cohen

A federal Bureau of Land Management report found there is little scientific evidence hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and related technologies harm the environment. Read more here.

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From oil to extortion, ISIL’s monthly millions in US sights

The National | October 23, 2014 | by Taimur Khan

The extremists in Iraq and Syria earn around US$1 million (Dh3.67m) a day from oil and petroleum products alone, which they sell to Turkish and Kurdish smugglers and middlemen as well as Syria’s Assad regime, said David Cohen, who leads Washington’s financial counter-terrorism efforts against ISIL.

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Reader Input: Hydraulic fracturing helps state

Folsom Telegraph | October 21, 2014 | by Stephen Swartz

California has significant oil reserves. If it can be extracted safely, it makes sense to generate our own supply, rather than send jobs and revenue to other countries. Every barrel of oil we produce in California is one less barrel we have to import from the Middle East and other foreign countries where environmental regulations are much weaker or non-existent. Read more here.

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Letter to the Editor: Measure P Would Do Far More Harm Than Good

Noozhawk | October 21, 2014 | by Rhonda Huesgen

In the last decade, California has tripled the amount of foreign oil shipped in from overseas — 20 percent of that comes from Iraq! Read more here.

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