Tag: Fracking

DOGGR Announces Plans for UIC Rulemaking re Fracking

In an action plan provided to EPA on November 16, the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) committed to initiate rulemaking in 2013 to increase groundwater protection relating to fracking through its underground injection control (UIC) program. DOGGR developed the plan in response to EPA's request to address concerns relating to EPA's 2011 review of DOGGR's UIC program. In the plan, DOGGR indicates the rulemaking will address the UIC program as well as well construction and plugging and abandonment regulations.… Continue Reading

Environmental Groups Sue DOGGR Over Fracking Permits

Environmental groups filed a complaint today in Alameda County Superior Court against the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) alleging that DOGGR violated the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by issuing permits for oil and gas wells that allowed hydraulic fracturing activities without sufficient environmental review. The complaint alleges that there are several environmental and public health impacts associated with fracking that DOGGR fails to consider in its CEQA analyses for oil and gas well permits. The complaint also alleges that DOGGR improperly excludes new oil and gas well permits from CEQA based on categorical exemptions for minor alternations to land or existing facilities.… Continue Reading

Inglewood Oil Field Fracking Study Finds No Harm

A study released Wednesday on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing at the Inglewood Oil Field found that fracking would not harm the environment.  The study focused on the approximately 1,000-acre Inglewood Oil Field in the Baldwin Hills of Los Angeles County.  Fracking has occurred in the area since about 2003.  The study showed that there … Continue Reading

San Benito County Moves Toward Fracking Moratorium in Advance of DOGGR Regulations

The San Benito County Board of Supervisors asked its County Counsel to draft a moratorium on fracking for its October 15 meeting and asked staff to develop a timeline for revising its oil ordinance to address fracking. The County Board acted in response to a petition with 500 signatures collected by a local group, Aromas Cares For Our Environment, based on speculation that seismic equipment in the area was for oil or natural gas exploration.… Continue Reading

Environmental Group Serves Notice of Intent to Sue BLM re Fracking in California

On August 29, the Center for Biological Diversity served the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) with notice of intent to sue for BLM's failure to reinitiate consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) relating to oil and gas leases and drilling permits issued in California. The notice alleges that BLM has continued to authorize fracking activities in California based on outdated biological opinions that fail to evaluate the impact of new fracking techniques on listed species. If BLM does not reinitiate ESA consultation and "halt ongoing oil and gas leasing and drilling activities" with 60 days of the notice, the Center indicates it will file a citizen suit under the ESA.… Continue Reading

California Lawmakers Table Fracking Bills.

On Thursday, the Senate Appropriations Committee shelved two bills relating to fracking, AB 972 and AB 591.  AB 972 would have placed a moratorium on fracking in California pending issuance of state regulations governing the practice (See August 14 post).  AB 591 would have required operators to disclose fracking activities and chemicals (See May 8 … Continue Reading

State Senate Postpones Vote on Bill to Ban Fracking

After the California Senate Appropriations Committee cancelled an August 13 hearing on AB 972 (see August 8 post), the Committee moved the bill to the suspense file to take up again this Thursday, August 16.  The bill would place a moratorium on fracking in the state until the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources … Continue Reading

House Democrats Seek Tighter Regulation of Fracking on Federal Lands and BLM Extends its Comment Period

Describing the proposed BLM rule for fracking as “a good first step,” a group of 38 Democrats in the House of Representatives called for disclosure of fracking chemicals before drilling.  The proposed regulations require disclosure of fracking chemicals only after the operation is complete.  In a letter to the Department of the Interior, the lawmakers … Continue Reading

California Senate Votes Against Fracking Notification Bill

On Wednesday, the California Senate voted 17 to 18 against SB 1054, which would have required notification to nearby property owners of planned fracking operations.  See the April 19, 2012, blog post for more details on the bill.  The Senate granted the bill “reconsideration”, which would allow another vote before Friday’s deadline for bill advancement. … Continue Reading

California Oil Producers Agree to Share Fracking Information

Several members of the Western States Petroleum Association have agreed to share information about their fracking operations in response to the California Department of Conservation’s request for operators to report to a disclosure registry, FracFrocus (see May 8, 2012 post).  Many, including Occidental Petroleum Corp. and XTO Energy/ExxonMobil, have already posted to the website, which … Continue Reading

FEDERAL AGENCIES TAKE ACTION ON FRACKING GUIDELINES

At the end of last week, EPA and BLM each released draft requirements relating to fracking.  EPA released draft Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II well permitting guidance for fracking activities that use diesel fuels.  BLM released draft rules requiring public disclosure of fracking chemicals used on public and Indian lands. The EPA guidance applies … Continue Reading

California Senate Committee and President Obama Act on Fracking

Last week, the California Senate’s National Resources Committee advanced a bill requiring notice to nearby property owners of planned fracking operations, and President Obama issued an Executive Order setting up an interagency working group to support safe and responsible fracking. California law requires the operator to file a written notice of intent to commence drilling … Continue Reading
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