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Farm bureau opposes fracking ban initiative

Benito Link | June 10, 2014 | by Benito Link Staff

The so-called “Initiative to Ban Well Stimulation Treatments and Enhanced Recovery (such as Fracking and Steam Injection) throughout all Unincorporated Areas of San Benito County and to Ban All Petroleum Operations in Residential General Plan Designations in Unincorporated San Benito County and Make Related Zoning Changes” generated substantial review and discussion, with the board voting to oppose the initiative "because it is too over-reaching and misleading; it infringes on ones private property rights; it is not specific to banning only fracking but all oil exploration and mining activities; and the usage of fossil fuels in agriculture is extremely important and there are currently no feasible alternatives," the farm bureau...

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Texas' Gov. Perry promotes interstate competition at Bakersfield fundraiser

Bakersfield Californian | June 10, 2014 | by John Cox

The biggest challenge to increasing domestic energy production, he said, is opposition to technologies like hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial but effective practice of injecting water, sand and often toxic chemicals underground at high pressure to release oil and gas. The technique is safe, he said, "yet you have a radical environmental sector that is keeping ... people in your community out of a job." Read more here.

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RICK PERRY: California, like Texas, has what it takes to be an energy leader

Bakersfield Californian | June 09, 2014 | by Texas Governor Rick Perry

Energy independence is not the enemy of clean air and water. It's how we can build a stronger America for all of us. California has a shining opportunity to lead the way. Read more here.

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The Fracking Truth: Initiative Is Long on Propaganda, Short on Facts

Santa Barbara Independent | June 09, 2014 | by Richard Russell

I can assure you that if these secondary recovery procedures are banned in this county and in the United States, they will go on unabated around the rest of the world, and the United States will soon become 100 percent dependent on foreign oil. How does $20 for a gallon of gas sound? Read more here.

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Fracking moratorium, oil excise tax bills die in committee

Taft Midway Driller | June 04, 2014 | by Doug Keeler

The oil industry is breathing a sigh of relief as two bills in the California legislature aimed at halting fracking and taxing oil and gas production are dead, at least for now. Senate Bill 1017, the latest attempt to impose a 9.5 percent tax on oil produced and channel the money raised primarily to education, died in committee. Senate Bill 1132 likewise died in committee when moderate democrats either opposed the measure, which would have placed a moratorium on fracking until it was safe, the Sacramento Bee reported. Read more here.

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California Legislature Has Dulled State's Luster

Investor's Business Daily | June 02, 2014 | by Victor Davis Hanson

The more California's legislature raises a tax, the more likely it is that the service for which the tax is levied will get worse. Californians pay the highest gasoline taxes in the nation, for instance, yet the state's roads and highways, which that tax is supposed to pay for, usually rate among the worst — 47th in a recent Reason Foundation survey. Read more here.

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Quakes are increasing, but scientists aren't sure what it means

Los Angeles Times | June 02, 2014 | by RONG-GONG LIN II

So Hauksson studied whether oil pumping could have triggered the 5.1 quake as well as the 4.1 aftershock in Rowland Heights. A review of data found that it was unlikely, Hauksson said. There was a doubling of petroleum extraction from Santa Fe Springs in the year before the La Habra earthquake, but that was roughly seven miles from the epicenter — too far for a connection to be made. Read more here.

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Gas boom dulls carbon rule's effect

Los Angeles Times | June 02, 2014 | by DON LEE

In recent years new drilling techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, have yielded an abundance of natural gas, and the regulation will speed up what had been a market-driven shift to gas. Natural gas now is expected to exceed coal as the primary source of electricity generation by 2030. The surfeit of cheap natural gas already has reduced U.S. dependence on foreign oil and become an important competitive advantage for domestic manufacturers. Read more here.

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Most bills on Chamber's 'job killer' list have been killed

Sacramento Bee | June 02, 2014 | by Dan Walters

Last week's casualties included measures to impose a moratorium on "fracking" to develop California's oil reserves (Senate Bill 1132), to require disclosure labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients (SB 1381) and to raise taxes on corporations deemed to pay executives too much (SB 1372). Read more here.

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State Senate rejects fracking moratorium

Los Angeles Business Journal | June 02, 2014 | by Scott Bridges

The California state Senate last week rejected a bill that would have put an end to fracking operations “until additional scientific research is completed into the practice of shooting pressurized water and chemicals miles underground to extract fossil fuels,” according to the Daily Breeze. Read more here.

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