Fracking

Fracking is a technique used to increase or restore the rate at which fluids, such as petroleum, water, or natural gas can be produced from subterranean natural reservoirs.

Fracking Causes Earthquakes?

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John MacMurray: What concerns those of us who were sitting on or near the recent 5.1 quake of March 28, 2014, or any of the 47 bazillion (by my unofficial count) pre-and-after shocks, is how big a part fracking might be playing in beating up our dwellings and frazzling our nerves, and what we might expect in the future.

Will Jerry Brown Hear a Fractivist’s Cry?

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Shane Davis: Gov. Brown, will you frack to the moon and back, or will your ‘Moonbeam’ shine a new light on harmful fracking and ban it outright in California?

Anti-Fracking Fractivist Can Now Go to the Hospital

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Walter Brasch: Vera Scroggins never planned to be among the leaders of a social movement, but her persistence in explaining and documenting what is happening to the people and their environment has put her there.

An Injunction Against the First Amendment

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Walter Brasch: Where the oil and gas lobby has been able to mount a multi-million dollar media campaign, the people who proudly call themselves “fractivists” have countered by effective use of the social media and low-budget but highly effective rallies.

Hundreds of Tribal Representatives Join Huge Rally to Oppose Fracking

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Dan Bacher: Hundreds of indigenous people from California and across the country gathered with a crowd of over 4,000 people at the State Capitol in Sacramento on March 15 to send a clear message to Governor Brown: ban fracking, an environmentally destructive oil extraction practice that pollutes groundwater, rivers and the oceans.

Disposable Assets in the Fracking Industry

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Fracking Industry: The gas drilling industry is dependent on independent contractors who often provide little or no benefits to their workers.

Fracking Activists Gain Traction in Los Angeles

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Fracking Activists: The unanimous adoption of the LA ordinance comes of the eve of the state Democratic Party convention in LA.

No Merit Badge for This Scout

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Texas Fracking: Destroying God’s world to maximize your profits is not Rex Tillerson’s right.

Ban Fracking California

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Ban Fracking in California — If all Californians remind Jerry that he works for us, not oil and gas, he won’t be able to ignore us.

Governor Brown Promotes Twin Tunnels and Fracking During Record Drought

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Fracking During Record Drought — Poor water management of rivers and reservoirs has exacerbated the impact of the drought.

Train Derailments Another of Fracking’s Problems

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Train Derailments — Mile-long trains of tanker cars that are not designed to carry crude oil put the entire nation at risk.

EPA Permit Will Allow Frackers to Continue Dumping Chemicals into Pacific

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Frackers Dump Chemicals — A recent Center analysis found that at least one-third of chemicals used are suspected ecological hazards.

Will California “Green Light” Fracking?

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Dan Bacher: You know that this legislation won’t protect the land, water, fish, wildlife and people of California from the expansion of fracking in California when a big oil lobbyist praises the draft regulations.

No Escaping Fracking

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Walter Brasch: The New Jersey senate voted 30-5, and the assembly voted 56-19, to ban frack waste. The vote appeared strong enough to be veto proof, but, Gov. Christie vetoed it in June.

Oil Lobby Spent $45 Million in California Since 2009

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Dan Bacher: Through June of 2013, Big Oil has spent over $5 million on lobbying California policy-makers – and that doesn’t include donations to political campaigns

Feds Urged to Halt Fracking Off California Coast

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Dan Bacher: The recent relevation that California’s coastal waters are being “fracked” takes place in the larger context of the oil industry’s enormous influence on California environmental processes.

Tom Corbett’s Sizzle Has Fizzled

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Walter Brasch: There is a lot that Tom Corbett could have done to improve his popularity. But, what he did was to shuffle his top advisors and change his public relations staff, a couple of whom went directly into PR agencies, where they represent the oil and gas industry.

Framing Fracking

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Richard Mathews: The California Democratic Party has called for a moratorium, but many of our Democratic legislators have not been convinced. By framing the debate incorrectly, we are missing an opportunity to convince them.

Right-Wing Truth-Trampling

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Walter Moss: The most egregious recent example of some right-wing organizations’ truth-trampling is their praise for newspaper columnist Diana West’s revised version of McCarthyism in American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Character.

California Legislators Call for Offshore Oil Fracking Investigation

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Dan Bacher: Californians should support the legislators’ call for a federal investigation of hydraulic fracturing beneath the seabed floor off the California Coast.

Royal Dutch Shell: They’ve Really Got a Friend in Pennsylvania

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Walter Brasch: The Pennsylvania legislature handed over a 15-year exemption from local and state taxes, apparently without consulting local officials.

Fracking America’s Food Supply

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Walter Brasch: Fracking — the process the oil and gas industry uses to extract fossil fuel as much as two miles below the ground—may directly impact the nation’s water supply, reduce water-based recreational and sports activity, and lead to an increase in the cost of food.

California Legislators Buckle to Oil Industry Pressure, Kill Fracking Moratorium

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Dan Bacher: State legislators first weakened and then voted down this bill, which would have placed a moratorium on the controversial method of oil and gas extraction – even as a new poll shows few Californians support fracking!

Could California Legislators Halt Fracking?

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Dan Bacher: Despite intense political pressure by the oil industry, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee on April 29 approved three bills proposing to halt fracking, a controversial method of oil and natural gas extraction, in California.

Keystone Pipeline Landowner Rights

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Walter Brasch: “The gas companies pay a one-time fee for your land, but you lose the right to utilize it as anything more than grassland forever. . . . You can never build on those easements. They took my retirement away by eminent domain.”

Big Oil’s War on the Sun

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JP Sotille: Just imagine—what if people could stop burning oil and gas and even coal, and just use these miracle devices to transform Old Sol’s sunny disposition into the power needed to run just about everything?

Pennsylvania: You Are Fracked

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Walter Brasch: It is important that the people push a weak-willed Congress, inflated by Big Energy political contributions, to force the natural gas industry to be accountable for all laws that protect the public health and environment.

The Sorrow of Inevitability. Suitcases and Misadventure

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Kathleen Peine: There is new adventure afoot in the plunder and grab realm. Once again, it’s a pursuit of tangible, rapid wealth – this time it’s natural gas.

Culver City to the Inglewood Oil Fields: Frack You!

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Diane Lefer: If the seven planned meetings help build a movement, the voices of so many citizens may help the legislature and governor find the political will to resist oil industry demands.

Why Doctors Can’t Tell You the Truth About Fracking Risks

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Kathleen Peine: There’s something buried in a new law and it’s every bit as toxic as the chemicals used to unearth natural gas through that process called fracking. Lurking in that law is a form of enforced ignorance. The legislated ignorance is rapidly emerging to keep our public in the dark as anything and everything is tried to cover for the corporate coup that has already taken place

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