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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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Lower Oil Prices Provide Benefits to U.S. Workers

New York Times | January 17, 2015 | by DIANE CARDWELL & NELSON D. SCHWARTZ

Wall Street may be growing anxious about the negative impact of falling oil prices on energy producers, but the steep declines of recent weeks are delivering substantial benefits to American working-class families and retirees who have largely missed out on the fruits of the five-and-a-half-year economic recovery. Just last week, the federal Energy Information Administration estimated that the typical American household would save $750 because of lower gasoline prices this year, $200 more than government experts predicted a month ago. People who depend on home heating oil and propane to warm their homes, as millions do in the Northeast and Midwest,...

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Obama administration’s straight talk on fracking

UT San Diego | January 17, 2015 | by The Editorial Board

In a Jan. 2 interview with KQED, the Northern California PBS station and website, Sally Jewell — the secretary of the interior for the greenest administration in U.S. history — lambasted local fracking bans that have been adopted or are being considered around the state. “There is a lot of misinformation about fracking,” she said. “I think that localized efforts or statewide efforts in many cases don’t understand the science behind it.” Read more here.

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Saudis' price war on U.S. oil is giving us cheap gas

LA Times | January 16, 2015 | by David Horsey

The production potential is so great that the United States, rather than being an oil importer reliant on suppliers in the troubled regions of the Middle East, could soon be a major exporter. The energy independence for which a generation of politicians have clamored is at hand. Read more here.

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Don’t ban fracking

Sacramento News and Review | January 15, 2015 | by Dave Quast

When it comes to energy development, New York has nothing to teach California. We have passed tough regulations for hydraulic fracturing, including mandatory public disclosure of chemicals used, landowner notification and regular testing of water sources. Dozens of public hearings were held to carefully consider the abundant scientific research demonstrating that fracking is safe with manageable risks. President Barack Obama’s Secretary of the Interior recently told KQED that local fracking bans are “the wrong way to go.” Read more here.

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Fracking foes spread lies about water contamination

Chico Enterprise Record | January 13, 2015 | by Barry Johnson

How many fracked wells have resulted in the proven contamination of water supplies? A million? 10,000? A hundred? Despite countless false accusations, the correct answer is zero. None. Nada. Now before you (falsely, again) accuse me of being an oil company shill, please understand that this information is not made up. It is testimony before Congress from Lisa Jackson, the Obama-appointed head of the federal Environmental Protection Agency, and easily searchable online by those who are interested in science and facts. The science deniers, moral preeners and fear-mongers who promote the water-contamination lie have an opportunity to be big, and...

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Gas price slide will boost Bay Area consumer spending

Contra Costa Times | January 12, 2015 | by Pete Carey

Bay Area drivers are already celebrating the recent collapse in oil prices, but if it lasts it will have broader economic implications, putting billions of dollars a year directly into the wallets of residents and helping to stimulate the region's already robust economy. ...Oil prices have plummeted to about $50 a barrel since they peaked above $115 in June, as petroleum from hydraulic fracturing flows onto the market from U.S. wells. Read more here.

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