Obama Administration in Trouble for Leasing CA Public Lands for Fracking
April 9, 2013 2:55 PM
comment(s) - last by
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.
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.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Tiffany, try to be objective
4/9/2013 7:58:29 PM
So for instance if you drill a hole straight down and you lubricate the hole so the drill bit lasts longer. You lubricate it with very toxic chemicals while drilling down and you say that it won't be forced into the surrounding sand, dirt, gravel, etc.. Also studies paid for by the same people that want to drill seems to be fair.
RE: Tiffany, try to be objective
4/10/2013 4:03:09 PM
You've obviously never seen the working end of a drill rig have you? Probably never worked a day in your life out in the field.
You read a wiki entry about fracking fluid and immediately assume the same fracking fluid is used to lubricate the borehole. Drilling mud is not fracking fluid. Drilling mud is a water based mixture of sodium bentonite and a polymer and is non toxic.
Please educate yourself before running your verbal diarrhea again.
Your internet degree in environmental studies just got revoked
"People Don't Respect Confidentiality in This Industry" -- Sony Computer Entertainment of America President and CEO Jack Tretton
Science Says Oil Waste Caused Record OK Quake, Paid-Off Politicians Say Otherwise
March 28, 2013, 2:42 PM
Report: Earthquakes Across the Middle of the U.S. Likely Due to By-products of "Fracking"
April 13, 2012, 11:46 AM
Creationists are Mad About Google Doodle Depicting Evolution
November 24, 2015, 8:48 PM
DHS and TSA: Whoops, We Missed That 73 Airport Employees May be Terrorists
November 19, 2015, 2:16 PM
Star Wars Spinoff Film "Rogue One", Theme Park Attractions Announced
August 17, 2015, 12:20 PM
SpaceX Falcon 9's Seventh Supply Mission to ISS Ends w/ Fiery Stage 1 Explosion
June 28, 2015, 1:10 PM
Cool Science Video: Glowing Millipede Prowls the Nevada Desert
May 18, 2015, 12:00 PM
Newly Discovered Costa Rican Glass Frog is Kermit's Doppelgänger
April 22, 2015, 11:26 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Sceptre Airs 27", 120 Hz. 1080p Monitor/HDTV w/ 5 ms Response Time for $220
Dec 3, 2014, 10:32 PM
Costco Gives Employees Thanksgiving Off; Wal-Mart Leads "Black Thursday" Charge
Oct 29, 2014, 9:57 PM
"Bear Selfies" Fad Could Turn Deadly, Warn Nevada Wildlife Officials
Oct 28, 2014, 12:00 PM
The Surface Mini That Was Never Released Gets "Hands On" Treatment
Sep 26, 2014, 8:22 AM
ISIS Imposes Ban on Teaching Evolution in Iraq
Sep 17, 2014, 5:22 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information