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The judge has ordered that all drilling be suspended until a plan of action is submitted and accepted

The Obama administration is in a bit of hot water for failing to conduct an environmental impact report before allowing permits for fracking in central California. 

U.S. District Judge Paul Grewal in San Jose ruled that the federal government violated U.S. environmental law by declining to perform an environmental impact study on fracking in the Monterey Formation. 

Fracking is the injection of pressurized sand, water, and chemicals into shale formations, triggering the release of oil and natural gas. It's not a new method of extraction, but combining it with horizontal drilling has taken onshore U.S. energy to a new level.

The problem is, fracking could have a negative impact on the environment -- especially fracking on groundwater. Environmentalists also say that fracking doesn't help the greenhouse gas situation, which scientists say is responsible for global warming.

The Obama administration is interested in two tracts of land on the Monterey Shale Formation (a huge bed of sedimentary rock in Monterey County, California). The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that there are over 15 billion barrels of oil in the 2,500 acres designated for drilling in the Monterey Formation.

While a combination of fracking and horizontal drilling is the best way to retrieve the oil, the Obama administration leased the land without conducting the proper environmental impact study. Hence, the judge has ordered that all drilling be suspended until a plan of action is submitted and accepted.

"The potential risk for contamination from fracking, while unknown, is not so remote or speculative to be completely ignored," Grewal wrote.

Just last month, a team of scientists said oil waste caused a record Oklahoma earthquake (5.7 magnitude) that occurred in 2011. The team said this was uncharacteristic of this area, and that fracking creates seismic instability and may contaminate local water supplies.

However, paid-off politicians are working to keep fracking alive in the area because it generates a load of cash. 

Another study in 2012 said the same thing. The U.S. Geological Survey reports that for the three decades until the year 2000, seismic events across the middle of the nation averaged only 21 per year. Then in 2009, events increased to 50 per year. They then jumped to 87 per year in 2010 and then 134 in 2011. Some are pointing to fracking as the reason for the increase in seismic events across the middle of the United States.

Source: Yahoo News

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By Argon18 on 4/9/2013 3:49:01 PM , Rating: 5
It's funny how Obama can drill for oil, and skip the environmental impact assessment, yet the story goes completely unreported in the mainstream news. You won't see it on the evening news when you go home tonight, since Big-O is the media darling.

W, on the other hand, would have been blasted on every news station, with "expert" guest speakers and talking heads all lambasting the evil Bush administration for their environmental neglect, and wanton and illegal destruction of the environment.

Oh American Media, how hypocritical thou art.

RE: Funny
By Spuke on 4/9/2013 4:02:03 PM , Rating: 5
Don't know why you got rated down. It's true.

RE: Funny
By RedemptionAD on 4/10/2013 10:54:51 AM , Rating: 2
An inconvenient truth?

RE: Funny
By superflex on 4/9/2013 4:17:16 PM , Rating: 4
There's an unnamed few around here who do nothing but down rate posts that speak ill of the Messiah.

RE: Funny
By Ammohunt on 4/9/2013 5:40:08 PM , Rating: 3
I will name them Mao, Stalin, Castro, Che and Marx.

RE: Funny
By espaghetti on 4/9/2013 9:20:15 PM , Rating: 2
Marx realized he was wrong at the end of his life.
The rest were evil for using his ideas on their masses.

RE: Funny
By MadMan007 on 4/10/2013 12:44:40 AM , Rating: 3

There's an unnamed few around here who do nothing but down rate posts that speak well of the Messiah.

RE: Funny
By KCjoker on 4/9/2013 6:04:27 PM , Rating: 3
It would be funny if it weren't true...sadly it is. Oh and before anyone else tells're clearly a racist for saying anything bad about Obama and his cronies.

RE: Funny
By mikeyD95125 on 4/9/2013 6:23:55 PM , Rating: 2
What's the problem?

The administration was just trying to ignore California's strict environmental regulations to quickly and efficiently open up economic opportunities for private industry.

Sounds like what you conservatives have clamoring about for years. I applaud to Obama administration for clearing a path through the bureaucracy in order to get this country back on its way energy independence, and ultimately freedom.

God bless America!

RE: Funny
By MadMan007 on 4/9/13, Rating: 0
RE: Funny
By Nfarce on 4/9/2013 9:37:07 PM , Rating: 2
Well that's the irony of it. Kind of like how Republicans get caught with their pants down, literally, in mischievous sexual affairs...while touting to speak for the conservative "family values" masses. Democrats don't run on such a platform so it's okay for them to be cheats and sex maniacs, from Clinton on down.

We have Obama essentially doing the same thing from a conservative/Republican side now. He is doing things against what he ran as and stood for in the liberal masses. And the media isn't calling him out on it, nor are his followers.

That's the problem.

RE: Funny
By Nfarce on 4/9/2013 9:39:32 PM , Rating: 2
Oh and one other thing: the "Obama hate" whining is getting rather old. Just because we disagree with the man does not mean we "hate" him any more than it means we are a "racist" against him. Grow up, liberals.

RE: Funny
By MadMan007 on 4/10/2013 12:47:24 AM , Rating: 2
Obama may have spoken more about alternative energy during the campaign, but his position has really always been one of utilizing all energy sources. The reason he seems so 'far left' to so many people is because they are so far right that even moderate positions are far left to them.

RE: Funny
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 7:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
In the other fracking article, people comments fracking is not a big deal and has no environmental impact. In this article, with the word obama in it, fracking sounds like it's our doomsday.

RE: Funny
By Dug on 4/9/2013 7:48:28 PM , Rating: 4
True, but the real problem is putting Obama or Bush's name in this at all, when in reality it probably didn't even show up as a blip on what either of them had to deal with each day.

Instead of saying Obama or Bush's administration, why don't they call out the actual people making the decisions or mistakes instead of making it a political thread.

RE: Funny
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 8:04:21 AM , Rating: 3
It spun to sound like a political blunder. The Obama administration did not approve this. This was approved by the Department of the Interior and the president probably did not even see it or hear about it.

If anything, out of every president, obama is the most pro-environment and anti-fracking. The USGS national research program will actually receive funding for the first time to research fracking. Obama actually specifically asked for this. This is going to be a big project for the USGS NRP in FY 2014.
How do I know? I work here at the DOI USGS NRP EB in Reston VA

RE: Funny
By R!TTER on 4/10/2013 11:36:38 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah funny isn't it, fracking is a man made disaster & yet here in America there is no such thing as global warming! I guess loads of sheeple don't like to crack their head watching hours of documentary besides the fact that it portrays their favorite gas guzzlers as modern abomination aka "Teufel in Menschengestalt" /end rant.

RE: Funny
By room200 on 4/10/2013 11:47:50 PM , Rating: 2
Wait a minute; I thought Obama was an anti-business, tree-hugging, socialist who was holding back drilling for oil and other "plentiful" resources here in the US? Make up your minds.

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