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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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wth is Obama drilling for?
By TheEinstein on 4/9/2013 3:06:22 PM , Rating: 0
There is no reason for the GOVERNMENT to drill for oil.

Unless he seeks courts to ban drilling and he plans to make it via rolling over in court nonstop then appealing.

Imagine, defense and prosecutor working together to shaft America...




RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By Manch on 4/9/2013 3:09:20 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe he plans on opening a chain of gas stations when he gtfo of office? Yeah, this is a bit puzzling. It just could be her writing too.


By spamreader1 on 4/9/2013 3:22:39 PM , Rating: 2
The government doesn't drill for oil, companies get clearances from the government (usually several federal, state, etc.) before they can drill and/or extract oil (any underground material).


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By MadMan007 on 4/9/2013 3:53:47 PM , Rating: 4
Reading comprehension fail. The federal government leases mineral and drilling rights to companies, it doesn't drill for resources itself. It clearly says that in the article a few times even if you didn't know that before.


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By Manch on 4/9/2013 5:26:20 PM , Rating: 1
The article does not read in the same context as before. This is the second article she has posted today where she's made changes and altered the context after somebody commented. Also like the other article an @$$hat like you came in and made some jack@$$ remarks having only read the revised article.


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By BRB29 on 4/10/2013 8:30:22 AM , Rating: 2
Calm down. We should all know that federal government doesn't actually drill for oil.
If you read the original article from yahoonews, it says DOI approved this in 2011. The DOI doesn't have to ask obama to hand out drilling rights.
Regardless of how bad the translation and how many errors were corrected, I hope people would do a little research before they jump the gun and get on the anti-obama bandwagon.


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By Manch on 4/10/2013 8:59:05 AM , Rating: 2
I didn't jump on a band wagon and I even acknowledge it was probably her writing. The guy I replied to is just being an @$$.


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By MadMan007 on 4/10/2013 9:14:25 AM , Rating: 2
I might have been being an ass, but you were being completely stupid. If something sounds so outrageous to make you wonder 'wth is the GOVERNMENT drilling for?' maybe it's best to do a wee bit of research before posting about it. Chances are the outrageous sounding thing isn't true, or is more nuanced than what you presume or the way it's presented.


RE: wth is Obama drilling for?
By Manch on 4/11/2013 1:50:45 AM , Rating: 1
I didn't write that dumb fuck. At least we agree you're being an ass.


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