Home › Fracking

Fracking

News Story
8/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
SACRAMENTO -- As a showdown nears on legislation that would regulate hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, in California, one prominent activist is criticizing four aides to Assembly Speaker John Perez (D-Los Angeles) for their holdings in energy company stocks. Fracking is a controversial process that involves injecting water and chemicals into the...
News Release
8/8/2013
Posted by Daniel Palay
Santa Monica, CA -- Consumer Watchdog today asked the Fair Political Practices Commission to review whether top Assembly communications chief Steve Maviglio broke the law by having economic interests as a private consultant on legislation while influencing Assembly decisions about that legislation, and for holding stock in fracking companies while...
Blog Post
2/13/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
  It was a relief to hear more than a passing reference to climate change in President Obama's State of the Union Speech, including promises of more support for wind and solar power. But the oil industry heard nothing to even cause even a smidgen of concern. Asking Congress to "get together to pursue a bipartisan, market-based...
Blog Post
1/28/2013
Posted by Judy Dugan
California's oil and gas industry regulators are about to write final state regulations on the controversial practice of fracking natural gas and oil wells in the state. Don't expect any backbone, however, from the state Department of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Regulation. So far, the draft proposals boil down to "trust the oil industry...
Blog Post
7/25/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
The word "fracking" exploded into the American vocabulary just a few years ago. People from Pennsylvania to Wyoming found chemicals creeping into their drinking water; some could light flammable gases straight from the faucet (video).as oil companies injected chemical-laced water deep underground to fracture gas-bearing rock. But in...
Blog Post
1/3/2012
Posted by Judy Dugan
A 4.0 “holiday earthquake” near Youngstown, Ohio–the 11th in a year–was traced to a deep well for disposal of salty, chemical-laced water left over from natural gas drilling, so state officials have shut down the well. It’s the obviously right move after scientists figured out that the millions of gallons of waste,...
Blog Post
10/4/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Exxon Mobil, which is making big bets worldwide on hydraulic fracturing for deeply buried natural gas, is also making big bets on its sincere, earnest advertising about clean, safe natural gas. The ads turn me into a crazy person, yelling at the television during halftimes and seventh-inning stretches. Their claim that they ensure compliance with...
Blog Post
8/3/2011
Posted by Judy Dugan
Whenever regulators try to clean up our air or water, industry issues its standard “job killer” press release. Let your children keep their asthma and we won’t shut down our (oil, gas, coal) (refinery, drilling facility, surface mine), is the general theme. No surprise, then, that a coalition of deep-well natural gas drillers...