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Editorials: Guest Opinion : The phony frack attack

Santa Barbara News Press | March 28, 2014 | by Andy Caldwell

Voters, please decline to sign a petition to qualify a Santa Barbara County ballot initiative to ban oil production in the North County. Why? Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: "Nothing in the world is more dangerous that sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity." The initiative is portrayed as an anti-fracking initiative, but fracking isn't being used in our county. That is because this particular production technique doesn't work here. So, why bother to ban a non-event? Read more here.

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FAULKNER: An energy producer's case for fracking rules

Friendswood Journal | March 27, 2014 | by Chris Faulkner

In fact, California's new law is a welcome step in the evolution of the American energy market. One of the biggest inhibitors of energy development in this country is regulatory uncertainty. By creating smart and streamlined rules, California has eliminated that uncertainty and established a sturdy legal foundation for future exploration and extraction. Other energy-rich states should follow suite and pass legislation of their own. Read more here.

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Pumped-Up Radicalism

Los Angeles Business Journal | March 24, 2014 | by Dave Quast

A ban on injection wells, then, is a ban on oil production within the city limits and thus a ban on the thousands of well-paying jobs that the industry provides the city. Also, it’s a ban on the millions of dollars in taxes and fees that the industry generates for the city ($1.5 billion per year in Los Angeles County). Read more here.

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There's no substitute for science

The Bakersfield Californian | March 23, 2014 | by Greg Laskowski

The writer makes his case against fracking ("Kern should follow suit," March 25) and attributes this long-held process, used in Kern County for decades, as the cause of a recent Los Angeles earthquake. He cites a joint study by such radical environmental groups as Earth First, Clean Water Action (of which he is a member) and the Center for Biological Diversity on the website There we find a lack of scientific study or even competent scientific writing. Most of the references center on one author, newspaper articles, National Public Radio broadcasts and a smattering of official papers...

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Irrational Attack on Hydraulic Fracturing by LA City Council Members

Fox and Hounds | March 20, 2014 | by Catherine Reheis-Boyd

Oil and natural gas production is an integral, safe and essential part of the history, culture and lifestyle of Southern California.  It is an important part of the region’s economy and thousands of Californians benefit from the royalty payments generated by oil production.  Indeed, it provides the mobility, convenience and comfort that exemplifies the world famous Southern California lifestyle. Read more here.

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Fracking issue can’t be settled city by city: Editorial

Los Angeles Daily News | March 20, 2014 | by Los Angeles Daily News

The complicated issue of how to regulate oil-extraction methods like fracking is only getting messier because of the actions of cities like Los Angeles and Carson. The latest is the vote by the Carson City Council on Tuesday to impose a moratorium of at least 45 days on new oil and gas drilling, holding up an Occidental Petroleum Corp. plan to revive an oil field near Cal State Dominguez Hills that was abandoned in the 1990s. Read more here.

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So-called fracking study misguided

The Bakersfield Californian | March 15, 2014 | by The Bakersfield Californian

A real scientific study commissioned by Los Angeles County in 2012 at the Inglewood Oil Field found "no detectable effects on vibration" from hydraulic fracturing. Additionally, the National Research Council concluded last year that hydraulic fracturing does not pose a risk of inducing earthquakes. Read more here.

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Moo Creamery fears losing business over fracking petition

Bakersfield Californian | March 11, 2014 | by John Cox

He and his wife work at their restaurant 20 hours a day, seven days a week, and that leaves no time for political activism, he emphasized. "We're both completely astonished" at the misrepresentations and false accusations that may be costing the restaurant business, he said. Read more here.

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