- It's Still Too Early For Tanking Oil Prices To Curb U.S. Drilling
The U.S. is now the world’s largest oil producer, and some worry that falling prices could mean an industry slowdown. But with production costs also falling, drillers are unlikely to cut back soon.
- Falling Oil Prices Make Fracking Less Lucrative
As oil prices dip, controversial and relatively expensive production methods, like oil sands and fracking, have become less profitable. Some drillers are already cutting back on plans for more wells.
- Predictions Of 'Peak Oil' Production Prove Slippery
Just a few years ago, authors were predicting production would soon hit a peak and then decline. But since then, supplies have surged. So are the forecasters now slapping themselves in the head?
- In Texas, Traffic Deaths Climb Amid Fracking Boom
Texas is in the midst of a fracking boom, which is opening up huge energy reserves and bringing in jobs. But traffic fatalities, some involving inexperienced and fatigued truck drivers, have surged.
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- Residents Worry Urban Drilling Will Turn Downtowns Into Oil Towns
Drilling for oil and gas in rural and suburban areas isn’t new. But energy extraction companies are now moving into more densely populated areas, raising a new set of concerns for city residents.
- As Airports Find New Ways To Make Money, Pittsburgh Tries Fracking
Lots of airports have retail. The largest blueberry producer in Georgia is at an airport. And in Pittsburgh, Consol Energy will begin extracting gas underneath the airport — even under the runways.
- USGS: Okla. At Increased Risk Of 'Damaging Quake'
The U.S. Geological Survey and its state counterpart issued a joint statement saying magnitude-3.0 temblors had increased by 50 percent since October.
- Sand From Fracking Could Pose Lung Disease Risk To Workers
The sand is pumped underground along with water and other chemicals to extract oil and natural gas trapped deep in rock. But researchers found that air samples taken at some drilling sites contained high enough levels of very fine silica particles to be dangerous to workers.
- Energy Perception And Policy Reality
Commentator Sheril Kirshenbaum says national energy strategies don’t fit so neatly into red or blue compartments. The boundaries are blurry, motivated by more than a candidate’s platform. Energy policies often cross party lines and she says we must open our eyes to when and where they do.
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A much-anticipated landmark report that will evaluate the potential effects of the controversial process known as fracking (hydraulic fracturing) on the Baldwin Hills area is scheduled to be released next month, officials confirmed this week.
The study was launched over a year ago at the 1,200-acre Inglewood Oil Field, which is owned and operated by Plains Exploration & Production Co., and was completed this past July.
The news comes on the eve of Saturday’s planned rally in Culver City to call on lawmakers to ban fracking…
Please be advised that PXP submitted the 2013 Annual Drilling Plan (ADP) to the County of Los Angeles on Thursday, August 30th, beginning a 45-day public comment period. This ADP is available online at the following link: http://www.inglewoodoilfield.com/res/docs/Final%202013%20Drilling%20Plana.pdf CAP members should be receiving hard copies of this document in the mail by tomorrow.
Please submit all public comments to Rena Kambara at email@example.com by 9:00 a.m. Monday, October 15, 2012. This item will also be discussed during the September CAP meeting on Thursday,September 27, 2012.
State lawmakers have one more week to vote on bills this legislative session, but one issue they won’t be talking about is hydraulic fracturing. Efforts to regulate the controversial drilling technique failed.
AB 972 would have banned hydraulic fracturing – or fracking – until the state puts regulations in place later this year. The practice, where high pressure liquid is injected underground, is used mostly to extract oil in California.
A state Senate panel has approved legislation that would ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in California until regulators write rules governing the controversial procedure.
The legislation, AB 972 by Assemblywoman Betsy Butler (D-Marina del Rey), passed the Senate Environmental Quality Committee on Monday on a party-line vote, 5-2. Democrats supported the measure while Republicans opposed it.
As an urgent reminder, the Department of Conservation will hold a special workshop in Culver City Tuesday evening to collect comments, concerns, and recommendations related to the regulation of hydraulic fracturing in California.
As mentioned in this article by Damon Nagami a large turnout is needed to tell the Department of Conservation that fracking is a critical issue they need to be paying special attention to. We are expecting public comments to be limited to 1 minute due to the level of turnout so please come prepared.
All are encouraged to arrive early and fill out speakers cards as soon as possible. If you are not able to make it tomorrow or Wednesday, please email your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Culver City: Tuesday, June 12th, 7:00 p.m., City Council Chambers, 9770 Culver Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232
Long Beach: Wednesday, June 13th, 7:00 p.m., California State University Long Beach Student Union, 1212 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815