The Berkeley chef and dozens of other food experts ask for a California moratorium on fracking.
Fracking, raising the minimum wage, and driver’s licenses for immigrants top the list.
A compromise fracking bill imposes conditions on the energy-extraction technique, but doesn’t stop it.
The next four weeks will determine how aggressively California regulates the controversial oil-drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing. And as state Sen. Fran Pavley points out, “four weeks is a long time, legislatively.” The energy industry is watching these developments closely and with a degree of apprehension. Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, has spent the summer engaged […]
California may be on the verge of an oil-drilling boom powered by hydraulic fracturing, but a new poll shows more than half of respondents have serious questions about using high-pressured water, chemicals and sand to blast oil out of California’s Monterey Shale formation. Fifty-one percent of the people who responded to the Public Policy Institute […]
The legislator behind the last major hydraulic fracturing bill left standing in Sacramento says she’s preparing to broaden the measure. Senator Fran Pavley’s bill, SB 4, passed the Senate last month on a 28-11 vote. It’s now in front of the Assembly. The legislation would set standards for how California regulates oil drilling and what […]
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 […]