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  • An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California Volume II: Potential Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Stimulations

    An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California Volume II: Potential Environmental Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing and Acid Stimulations

    California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) | July 1, 2015...
    Summary

    In 2013, the California Legislature passed Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), setting the framework for regulation of well stimulation technologies in California, including...

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  • Data from Exploratory Sampling of Groundwater in Selected Oil and Gas Areas of Coastal Los Angeles County and Kern and Kings Counties in Southern San Joaquin Valley, 2014–15

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    Data from Exploratory Sampling of Groundwater in Selected Oil and Gas Areas of Coastal Los Angeles County and Kern and Kings Counties in Southern San Joaquin Valley, 2014–15

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) | December 9, 2016...
    Summary

    Exploratory sampling of groundwater in coastal Los Angeles County and Kern and Kings Counties of the southern San Joaquin Valley was done by...

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  • Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

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    Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separating the Frack from the Fiction

    Pacific Institute | June 21, 2012...
    Summary

    Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated growing controversy in the past few years. New research from the Pacific Institute finds the real issues...

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  • Hydraulic fracturing in faulted sedimentary basins: Numerical simulation of potential contamination of shallow aquifers over long time scales

    Hydraulic fracturing in faulted sedimentary basins: Numerical simulation of potential contamination of shallow aquifers over long time scales

    American Geophysical Union (AGU) | December 12, 2013...
    Summary

    Hydraulic fracturing, used to economically produce natural gas from shale formations, has raised environmental concerns. The objective of this study is to assess one...

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  • Hydraulic fracturing near domestic groundwater wells

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    Hydraulic fracturing near domestic groundwater wells

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) | December 12, 2017...
    Summary

    Hydraulic fracturing operations are generating considerable discussion about their potential to contaminate aquifers tapped by domestic groundwater wells. Groundwater wells located closer to...

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  • Oil, Food, and Water: Challenges and Opportunities for California Agriculture

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    Oil, Food, and Water: Challenges and Opportunities for California Agriculture

    Pacific Institute | December 1, 2015...
    Summary

    A new comprehensive study by the Pacific Institute  sheds light on the risks posed when oil and gas exploration and production operate alongside...

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  • Organic geochemistry and toxicology of a stream impacted by unconventional oil and gas wastewater disposal operations

    Organic geochemistry and toxicology of a stream impacted by unconventional oil and gas wastewater disposal operations

    Applied Geochemistry, Elsevier | March 10, 2017...
    Summary

    The large volume of wastewater produced during unconventional oil and gas (UOG) extraction is a significant challenge for the energy industry and of...

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  • Potential Impacts of Future Geological Storage of CO2 on the Groundwater Resources in California’s Central Valley: Southern San Joaquin Basin Oil and Gas Production Analog for Geologic Carbon Storage

    Potential Impacts of Future Geological Storage of CO2 on the Groundwater Resources in California’s Central Valley: Southern San Joaquin Basin Oil and Gas Production Analog for Geologic Carbon Storage

    California Energy Commission (CEC) | May 1, 2013...
    Summary

    This study investigated the potential impacts of the injection and storage of large quantities of carbon dioxide on shallow water resources in California’s...

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  • Preliminary Results from Exploratory Sampling of Wells for the California Oil, Gas, and Groundwater Program, 2014–15

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    Preliminary Results from Exploratory Sampling of Wells for the California Oil, Gas, and Groundwater Program, 2014–15

    U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) | January 26, 2017...
    Summary

    In 2014 and 2015, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) sampled water wells in the Los Angeles Basin and southern San Joaquin Valley, California,...

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  • Recommendations on Model Criteria for Groundwater Sampling, Testing, and Monitoring of Oil and Gas Development in California

    Recommendations on Model Criteria for Groundwater Sampling, Testing, and Monitoring of Oil and Gas Development in California

    California State Water Resources Control Board | June 1, 2015...
    Summary

    In California Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, 2013; hereafter referred to as “SB4”), the California legislature found and declared that protecting the state’s groundwater for...

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