If last month’s gathering of California Republicans had the feel of a postmortem, this weekend’s California Democratic convention seemed much more like a three-day end-zone dance. Speaker after speaker took to the podium to tout the party’s 2012 victories: supermajorities in both the Assembly and Senate, winning six House seats from Republicans, and the passage […]
Update: A bill regulating fracking in California passed Tuesday in the state Senate’s Natural Resources and Water Committee. Los Angeles County Democrat Fran Pavley’s measure requires drillers to apply for permits before they use pressurized water to extract oil from shale rock, and to inform the state how much water they use and what chemicals […]
Last week on KQED’s Forum program, Al Gore spoke with host Michael Krasny about his new book and a bunch of other topics. One subject that perked our interest because we’ve been covering it: fracking. As KQED Science’s Lauren Sommer explains … Fracking is an oil-extraction technique in which millions of gallons of water, mixed […]
Battles have been brewing in various states over the controversial oil and gas technique known as hydraulic fracturing, but regulators in California are just starting to grapple with it. Those regulators got a grilling in Sacramento on Tuesday as state lawmakers questioned whether newly proposed rules were strong enough to safely regulate the technique, which […]
The Senate Joint Natural Resources and Environmental Quality Committee is discussing hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, a method of extracting oil and gas by smashing underground rocks. California regulators drafted rules to govern the environmentally controversial process on Dec. 17.
Last week, California issued draft regulations for fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, an increasingly popular but controversial method of oil and natural gas retrieval. How does fracking work? KQED Science’s Lauren Sommer explains: Millions of gallons of water, mixed with sand and chemicals, are injected underground at high pressure. That cracks the rocks, letting the oil […]
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As oil companies move to access one of the largest shale oil deposits in the country, California regulators on Tuesday released draft rules that would more tightly govern the oil recovery method known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The proposed rules were posted online by state oil regulators and marked California’s […]