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Why California Should Pass the New Fracking Moratorium Bill – February 27, 2014

SB 1132 addresses the loopholes in state’s current fracking regulatory law

Last week, Senators Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) and Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) introduced a new bill, SB 1132, calling for a moratorium on fracking and other types of unconventional well stimulation in the state (like acidizing).

photoname Photo by Shoshanna Howard/Food and Water WatchAlthough polls showed a majority of Californians opposed fracking, by the end of 2013, state
lawmakers had only passed a weak regulatory bill.

California is the nation’s 4th largest producer of oil, with over 50,000 wells. Eighty percent of these wells are in Kern County around Bakersfield, uneasily sharing the landscape with the state’s productive agricultural industry… more

by: Jennifer Krill

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California Lawmakers Have Approved a Fracking Bill That Pulls All Punches – September 13, 2013

SB 4 so watered down after pressure from oil and gas industry that it will do more harm than good

Senator Fran Pavley’s (D – Agoura Hills) bill to regulate fracking and acidizing for oil and gas passed the California Assembly by a vote of 47-17 Tuesday. My organization, Earthworks, had initially supported SB 4, but we withdrew our support with after the bill was weakened at the last minute by the oil and gas industry and California’s surprisingly pro-drilling Governor Jerry Brown, just days before it came to a floor vote.

Jerry BrownPhoto by Neon TommyAttention now turns to Governor Jerry Brown’s administration. Whether or not he signs the bill
into law, he is in charge of the agency that… more

by: Jennifer Krill

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Minnesota Communities Declare Independence from Frac Sand Land – July 8, 2013

State has set of strong rules that advance the interests of citizens over the sand mining industry

Last month I visited Wisconsin’s booming silica sand mining region and saw sandstone bluffs strip-mined for sturdy quartz sand that’s essential for the horizontal hydraulic fracturing process used to extract oil and gas from underground shale formations. I saw how residents there had little protection against silica dust exposure since Wisconsin has no regulatory standards for this relatively new mining industry. (Read my earlier column about it here.)

sand bluff, MNPhotos by Jim Tittle/thepriceofsand.comA sand bluff in Goodhue County, MN that Thoreau once walked across. Minnesota has several frac sand mines and loading facilities and many new ones are being proposed. Citizens here… more

by: Jennifer Krill

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In Frac Sand Land, Residents Have Little Protection Against Silica Dust Exposure – June 24, 2013

Under Scott Walker’s reign Wisconsin has become a perfect place for unregulated resource extraction

In March, I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff Abbas and Robert Nehman of Allamakee County Protectors at the national Frack Attack summit in Dallas, TX. This grassroots group of concerned Iowans is leading the fight against frac sand mining in Iowa.

sand mine in cooks valleyPhotos by Jim Tittle/thepriceofsand.comWisconsin is bearing the brunt of the impacts of the country’s burgeoning frac sand industry. More than 100 frac sand mines have cropped up in the state in the past five years.

My organization, Earthworks, has a 25-year history of fighting the destructive impacts of mining and the oil and… more

by: Jennifer Krill

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California’s Draft Fracking Regulations Lets Oil and Gas Companies off the Hook – December 20, 2012

Public notification of fracking operations required 60 days after cessation of fracking

When the State of California announced with great fanfare back in May that it was going to develop regulations for fracking, many of us assumed that meant some sort of system by which the oil and gas companies would be held accountable to state agencies and the public.

photoname Photo by Dave NixenSalinas Valley, California. Last week the federal government auctioned off mineral rights for
17,000 acres of public land in central California to oil and gas companies.

Unfortunately, that was wishful thinking; the state's draft fracking regulations take the public health of Californians and put it in the hands of Chevron, Occidental… more

by: Jennifer Krill

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