fracking http://kvpr.org en Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? http://kvpr.org/post/commentary-just-how-much-does-california-want-do-san-joaquin-valley <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s not clear if Governor Jerry Brown and his challenger Neel Kashkari will debate each other this fall. But if they do, there should be no doubt about the proper location for any and all debates: the San Joaquin Valley.</span></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:01:42 +0000 Joe Mathews - Zocalo Public Square 35387 at http://kvpr.org Commentary: Just How Much Does California Want To Do For The San Joaquin Valley? 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 Valley Edition: April 22 - Farmer Suicides; Fracking; Central California Politics http://kvpr.org/post/valley-edition-april-22-farmer-suicides-fracking-central-california-politics <p></p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:16:35 +0000 Ezra David Romero 31562 at http://kvpr.org Valley Edition: April 22 - Farmer Suicides; Fracking; Central California Politics 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 PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change http://kvpr.org/post/ppic-poll-nearly-two-thirds-californians-favor-action-now-climate-change <p class="p1">Californians are now more likely to urge swift state action to slow global warming than they were during the recession.&nbsp; Ben Adler has more from Sacramento on that and other findings from the Public Policy Institute of California’s new poll on environmental issues.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 05:26:00 +0000 Ben Adler 19279 at http://kvpr.org PPIC Poll: Nearly Two-Thirds of Californians Favor Action Now on Climate Change Only One Major Fracking Bill Left Now at California Capitol http://kvpr.org/post/only-one-major-fracking-bill-left-now-california-capitol <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A bill that would regulate the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as </span>“fracking”<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> in California has stalled at the State Capitol.</span></p><p>The measure by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski fell two votes shy of passage in an Assembly committee today. It would have required oil companies to provide a complete list of chemicals used, their concentrations, how much water was used and how it was disposed of once fracking was complete.</p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 00:53:37 +0000 Ben Adler 16680 at http://kvpr.org Only One Major Fracking Bill Left Now at California Capitol 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 Bill To Regulate 'Fracking' Clears State Senate Committee http://kvpr.org/post/bill-regulate-fracking-clears-state-senate-committee <p></p><p class="p1">Some lawmakers say California is not doing enough to regulate hydraulic fracturing or fracking for oil and gas. As Amy Quinton reports from Sacramento, a bill designed to tighten regulations passed its first legislative test today.</p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 00:29:17 +0000 Amy Quinton 13354 at http://kvpr.org Bill To Regulate 'Fracking' Clears State Senate Committee 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 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