oil http://kvpr.org en Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail http://kvpr.org/post/environmentalists-call-halt-oil-shipments-rail <p>Environmental activists rallied Wednesday in Sacramento against plans by oil companies to increase crude oil shipments through populated areas in California and other states by rail. They say increasing the trips would raise the threat to public safety.</p><p>Assemblyman Roger Dickinson has authored a bill that he says will make transporting oil by rail safer. It would require oil and rail companies to better coordinate with first responders.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:09:52 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 35580 at http://kvpr.org Environmentalists Call For Halt To Oil Shipments By Rail Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-july-8-asm-kristin-olsen-john-cox-wells-alex-karner-sprawl-joe-matthews <p>This week on Valley Edition we talk with <a href="http://kvpr.org/post/modesto-assemblywoman-kristin-olsen-chosen-lead-assembly-gop">Assembly Republican Kristin Olsen</a>, KVPR reporter Kerry Klein reports on turning waste water into usable water in Clovis, Bakersfield Californian reporter John Cox talks about the state ordering <a href="http://www.bakersfieldcalifornian.com/business/kern-gusher/x634489929/State-poised-to-shut-down-11-local-oil-injection-wells">11 Valley injection wells to halt work</a>, Alex Karner chats about his latest column on&nbsp;<a href="http://www.zocalopublicsquar Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:04:04 +0000 Ezra David Romero 35358 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: July 8 - Asm. Kristin Olsen; John Cox On Wells; Alex Karner On Sprawl; Joe Matthews Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale http://kvpr.org/post/innovation-needed-crack-central-californias-monterey-shale <p><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">The much talked about oil boom<i> </i></span><span style="font-size: 16px; font-family: Arial; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); vertical-align: baseline; white-space: pre-wrap;">to come out of Central California is on hold, unless new technology finds a way to safely crack the Monterey Shale that could hold over 13 billion barrels of oil.</span></p> Fri, 23 May 2014 00:55:38 +0000 Ezra David Romero 33124 at http://kvpr.org Innovation Needed To Crack Central California's Monterey Shale Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production http://kvpr.org/post/report-casts-doubt-potential-monterey-shale-oil-production <p>An anticipated oil boom in California may be delayed a bit, if it happens at all. Katie Orr reports from Sacramento on some new estimates published today that could dampen the state’s fracking future.</p><p>Fracking is an oil extraction process that involves pumping large amounts of water, sand and chemicals into rock. It had been estimated California may be able to recover more than 13 billion barrels of Monterey Shale oil.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 01:04:17 +0000 Katie Orr - Capital Public Radio 33063 at http://kvpr.org Report Casts Doubt On Potential Of Monterey Shale Oil Production Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill http://kvpr.org/post/senate-committee-moves-ahead-fracking-moratorium-bill <div><p>A California senate committee has moved a bill forward that would place a moratorium on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the move comes less than a year after the passage of legislation that regulates the oil-extraction process.</p></div><p>Senate Bill 4 put several fracking regulations in place for the oil industry. SB4 also requires a study analyzing the health and safety risks of fracking. At the committee hearing, oil industry representatives called the regulations some of the strictest in the nation.</p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 21:51:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30909 at http://kvpr.org Senate Committee Moves Ahead With Fracking Moratorium Bill Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California http://kvpr.org/post/political-fight-over-fracking-takes-center-stage-california <div><p>California is instituting what some are calling the toughest regulations in the nation for the controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.&nbsp; But some environmentalists say the regulations don’t go far enough to protect air and water quality.</p><p>Several local governments have enacted moratoriums; others are calling for an outright ban on fracking. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the politics are beginning to take center stage.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:00:51 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 30209 at http://kvpr.org Political Fight Over Fracking Takes Center Stage In California New Fracking Regulations Start January 1 http://kvpr.org/post/new-fracking-regulations-start-january-1 <div><p>A new law to regulate the controversial oil extraction process known as “fracking” goes into effect in California on January 1<sup>st</sup>. Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento.</p></div><p>The oil industry says the new regulations will be some of the strictest in the nation. But some environmental groups that called for a moratorium on the process say the regulations don’t go far enough to protect water and air quality.</p><p>Under the law, oil companies will have to disclose chemicals used in the fracking process, although there are some limitations for trade secrets.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 01:16:41 +0000 Amy Quinton - Capital Public Radio 26521 at http://kvpr.org New Fracking Regulations Start January 1 Brown Promises to Sign Minimum Wage, Fracking Bills http://kvpr.org/post/brown-promises-sign-minimum-wage-fracking-bills <p class="p1">California Governor Jerry Brown has indicated that he will sign a bill that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which passed the Assembly today. The bill is generating fierce debate. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p><p class="p3">Fracking is when energy companies pump pressurized water and chemicals into oil wells to maximize output. Democratic Assembly member Adam Gray says the measure gives much needed oversight to an under-regulated industry.</p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 01:15:48 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 21433 at http://kvpr.org Brown Promises to Sign Minimum Wage, Fracking Bills California Committee Delays Acting on Fracking Regulation Bill http://kvpr.org/post/california-committee-delays-acting-fracking-regulation-bill <div><p>A California bill to monitor and regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking has stumbled in a key Assembly committee. Under the bill, companies would have to make public all information regarding their fracking operations. Max Pringle reports from Sacramento.</p></div><p>Fracking is when energy companies inject pressurized water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas. Jena Price with the California League of Conservation voters says the bill the League co-sponsored would set a national precedent on the regulation of fracking.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 01:43:47 +0000 Max Pringle - Capital Public Radio 20459 at http://kvpr.org California Committee Delays Acting on Fracking Regulation Bill Feds, State to Study Fracking in California http://kvpr.org/post/feds-state-study-fracking-california <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The federal government has announced a sweeping study of fracking and other oil and gas extraction techniques in California.</span></p><p>The U.S. Bureau of Land Management will lead the study.&nbsp; BLM California State Director Jim Kenna says it’s in response to lawsuits attempting to block oil and gas development on public lands.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 17:23:48 +0000 Ben Adler 19486 at http://kvpr.org Feds, State to Study Fracking in California Legislative Battle Over Fracking Not Over http://kvpr.org/post/legislative-battle-over-fracking-not-over <p class="p1">The legislative battle over more stringent regulation of a controversial method of extracting oil and natural gas in California is far from over. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, lawmakers will discuss the issue once again this week.</p><p class="p1">The deadline for all bills to pass their chamber of origin or die has already passed. But last-minute Assembly floor amendments on a bill that would expand public disclosure of fracking chemicals sent it back to committee.</p> Mon, 10 Jun 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Amy Quinton 16430 at http://kvpr.org Legislative Battle Over Fracking Not Over As 'Fracking' Debate Heats Up, Weighing Risks Key to Possible Monterey Shale Boom http://kvpr.org/post/fracking-debate-heats-weighing-risks-key-possible-monterey-shale-boom <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Could California be on the verge of a new gold rush? That’s the finding of a </span><a href="http://gen.usc.edu/news/monterey-shale.htm" style="line-height: 1.5;">new study</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> from USC about the potential economic impact of oil that lies deep beneath the Central Valley, known as the Monterey Shale. But extracting that oil isn’t easy, and it would require the use of a number of advanced techniques, including hydraulic fracturing.&nbsp; And that’s attracted concerns from environmental groups and state regulators. Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:42:19 +0000 Joe Moore 14404 at http://kvpr.org As 'Fracking' Debate Heats Up, Weighing Risks Key to Possible Monterey Shale Boom Several Bills Would Regulate 'Fracking' in State http://kvpr.org/post/several-bills-would-regulate-fracking-state <div><p>Ten bills that would regulate hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” for oil are working their way through the California legislature. The proposals range from requiring more scientific study to a moratorium. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, the industry opposes almost all of the bills.</p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:33:45 +0000 Amy Quinton 14403 at http://kvpr.org Several Bills Would Regulate 'Fracking' in State Central Valley Water Board Launches Investigation Over Fracking Wastewater Disposal http://kvpr.org/post/central-valley-water-board-launches-investigation-over-fracking-wastewater-disposal <p>The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has launched an <a href="http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/centralvalley/board_decisions/adopted_orders/kern/directive13267_vintage.pdf">investigation</a> into a Kern County oil producer over concerns about how the company disposes of potentially dangerous fracking wastewater.</p><p>Vintage Production California allegedly discharged chemical laced wastewater into an unlined retention pond at a well near Shafter, without required permits.</p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 01:05:34 +0000 Joe Moore 13486 at http://kvpr.org Central Valley Water Board Launches Investigation Over Fracking Wastewater Disposal Brown Backs State's Fracking Regulators, Promises Deliberative Process http://kvpr.org/post/brown-backs-states-fracking-regulators-promises-deliberative-process <p></p><p>California Governor Jerry Brown says he supports the people he’s put in charge of regulating the process of extracting oil and natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”&nbsp; He says California’s fossil fuel deposits have “extraordinary” potential.</p><p>Some legislative Democrats and environmental groups have raised safety concerns about fracking.&nbsp; Brown told reporters in San Francisco today that he’s confident his administration will handle all safety and regulatory questions as they come up.</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:58:57 +0000 Ben Adler 12115 at http://kvpr.org Brown Backs State's Fracking Regulators, Promises Deliberative Process Analysis: Big Issues Await Rubio In New Job As Oil Industry Lobbyist http://kvpr.org/post/analysis-big-issues-await-rubio-new-job-oil-industry-lobbyist <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When former state Senator Michael Rubio begins work in Sacramento Monday as government relations manager for Chevron, he'll arrive to a full slate of issues involving the oil industry.</span></p><p>While state law prohibits ex-elected officials from registering as lobbyists for one year after leaving office, Rubio is expected to sidestep that provision by assuming a management role with the oil giant.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 09:21:47 +0000 Joe Moore 11543 at http://kvpr.org Analysis: Big Issues Await Rubio In New Job As Oil Industry Lobbyist Oil Severance Tax Proposed; Would Fund CA Parks, Higher Ed http://kvpr.org/post/oil-severance-tax-proposed-would-fund-ca-parks-higher-ed <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Democratic lawmakers are calling for a new tax on oil removed from the ground in California – with the money going toward state parks and higher education.</p><p>Senator Noreen Evans is one of the bill’s co-authors.&nbsp; She says the revenue would fill two of the state’s most critical funding needs.&nbsp; And she says California is the only oil-producing state in the nation without an oil severance tax.</p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 01:13:45 +0000 Ben Adler 10723 at http://kvpr.org Oil Severance Tax Proposed; Would Fund CA Parks, Higher Ed Lawmakers To Hold Hearing on "Fracking" Regulations http://kvpr.org/post/lawmakers-hold-hearing-fracking-regulations <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing or </span>“fracking”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> will be the subject of a joint legislative hearing at the California state Capitol today.</span></p><p>As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, recently released fracking regulations have some lawmakers concerned.</p><div><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;The Department of Conservation recently released draft regulations for energy companies that inject chemicals into the ground under pressure to release oil. </span></p> Tue, 12 Feb 2013 19:51:07 +0000 Amy Quinton 10700 at http://kvpr.org Lawmakers To Hold Hearing on "Fracking" Regulations Environmental Group Sues State Over Fracking Regulation http://kvpr.org/post/environmental-group-sues-state-over-fracking-regulation <p></p><p class="p1">A prominent environmental group has filed a lawsuit challenging the State of California’s stance on the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in the production of oil and natural gas.&nbsp;</p><p class="p1">The Center for Biological Diversity says that the state’s Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources has failed to act on an existing state law that it says allows the regulation of the controversial practice. The lawsuit was filed today in Alameda County Superior Court.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 01:24:02 +0000 Joe Moore 9847 at http://kvpr.org Environmental Group Sues State Over Fracking Regulation Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules http://kvpr.org/post/next-line-fracking-boom-california-looks-rules The controversial drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing has created an oil and gas boom around the country. In states like Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado, there's been heated debate about rules that protect groundwater and public health.<p>California is now wading into that arena with the release of the state's first fracking regulations. The state's earthquake-prone geology, however, could bring particular concerns.<p>Fracking itself isn't new. Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:53:00 +0000 editor 8435 at http://kvpr.org Next In Line For A Fracking Boom, California Looks At The Rules