In a Recent article by RT exposing the 16 dangerously and repeated earthquakes that recently shook Texas, in L.A and Cali in general according to a Report from CBS that not only are there far more fracking projects going on offshore (but close to the state) than previously thought, but the domestic projects are also proving to have serious environmental and health impacts according to reports stating:
The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of California’s most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed.
With the people and groups worried about domestic projects hitting the Golden Coast that rallies, protests and thousands of letters and countless articles written to stop before finally The L.A Times reported in July when the Moratorium was passed stating:
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.
Butler has said she is pushing a moratorium on “fracking” because of concerns about the potential environmental and public health hazards of a procedure that involves injecting chemical-laced water and sand deep into the ground to tap oil.
Ah but the fracking started and will continue even while draft regulations are being put into place such was the case as presented by the National Journal stating:
North Dakota, at the heart of the country’s most recent energy boom, fracking wells accounted for 5.5 billion gallons worth of water usage last year, according to state estimates.
But developers insist that fracking in California is different from the fracking done farther east. Much of the state’s drilling operations are aimed at accessing shale oil rather than natural gas, and because of the state’s geology less water is needed.
Dave Quast, California director for oil and gas development advocate Energy in Depth, says that fracking wells in California on average use a little more than 100,000 gallons of water.
And it seems to stem as a battle for resources over the environmental impact is a war that many companies are winning. The idea is sound and similar to conventional drilling once you get through the shale.
Again the factors that lobby the votes are the job creation factor, combined with the resources, funds and industry are all huge motivators and even with regulations in place any state would still have to make decisions based on the past and present states of the company’s, the impact and the like, in a recent report the L.A Times covered the Brown administrations draft of regulations and went on to say:
These regulations are extensive but strike the right balance,” said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Assn., a trade group. They “will ensure that the potential energy resources contained in the Monterey Shale formation can be responsibly developed.”
Fracking, the oil industry and business groups counter, could be a bonanza.
They cite studies that estimate that fracking could spur the recovery of 14 billion barrels of oil locked deep underground in the Monterey Shale Formation, stretching from the Central Coast to the southern San Joaquin Valley. It also could create 2.8 million jobs and $25 billion in additional state and local government revenues.
For a timeline to the Ban of Hydraulic Fracturing in California visit the FrackingLA site for detailed information and continued up-to-date information on the fracking situation.