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ICYMI: Caltech Seismologist Debunks Activists’ Accusations Linking California Earthquakes to Fracking
Thursday 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
Thursday 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
Monday March 30, 2015

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
Wednesday 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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In Case You Missed It: Natural Resources Secretary and California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Confirm No Drinking Water Contamination
Tuesday 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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In Case You Missed It: Judge fracking on science, not hype
Friday 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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In Case You Missed It: Fracking: New York, California and the perils of ignoring science
Monday January 12, 2015

The following op-ed recently appeared in the San Jose Mercury News: Fracking: New York, California and the perils of ignoring science By Dave Quast California and New York are often viewed as outliers -- large, influential and politically liberal states that can be either bellwethers for public policy or objects of bemusement. Recent developments in the debate over hydraulic fracturing (fracking), however, show that these two states have fundamentally opposite approaches to leadership from Democratic governors. Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York didn't lead, but rather followed when his Health Commissioner announced that the state would continue its ban on fracking. This despite the...

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In Case You Missed It: Obama Administration Official Says Local Fracking Bans Are ‘Wrong Way To Go’
Friday January 02, 2015

President Obama’s Interior Secretary Sally Jewell recently told KQED that local and regional bans on fracking are “the wrong way to go.”  According to KQED: President Obama’s chief custodian of federal lands says local and regional bans on fracking are taking regulation of oil and gas recovery in the wrong direction. “I would say that is the wrong way to go,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told KQED in an exclusive interview. “I think it’s going to be very difficult for industry to figure out what the rules are if different counties have different rules.” … The...

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In Case You Missed It: U-T San Diego editorial says Energy Independence is Driving U.S. Economic Rebound
Monday December 29, 2014

Over the weekend, U-T San Diego's editorial board wrote about how hydraulic fracturing is helping the nation’s economy recover with middle class job creation. The paper wrote: “This has sharply increased U.S. oil and natural gas production, driving down the cost of energy to the point where U.S. manufacturing is making a huge comeback just a few years after it was left for dead. Given that energy production and manufacturing are two prime sources of middle-class jobs that don’t require college degrees, this is tremendous news.” The paper also cautioned that energy bans would slow California’s economic growth:

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In Case You Missed It: San Jose Mercury News editorial -- Fracking limits should be based on science not ballots
Thursday November 13, 2014

For the second time within a month, the San Jose Mercury News editorial board has voiced its opposition to local energy bans and reaffirmed its support for letting science guide policy decisions for energy production.

“In the wake of ballot fights this fall and more expected, Californians need reassurance that the state is scientifically evaluating the safety and environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing and will increase its already strictest-in-the-nation regulations if needed when the facts are clear.”

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