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Workers at a natural gas well site

Oil companies frack in coastal waters off California

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Companies prospecting for oil off California’s coast have used hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions to force open cracks beneath the seabed, and now regulators are investigating whether the […]


US Bureau of Land Management (AP Photo)

Oil industry: BLM prevents job creation in Calif.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Oil industry associations say federal land managers are blocking new energy development by postponing all oil and gas lease auctions in California until October. John Felmy, the chief economist for the […]



Feds auction prime Calif. land for oil development

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The federal government auctioned off nearly 18,000 acres of oil leases on prime public lands in Central California, home to prized vineyards, several endangered species and one of the largest deposits of shale oil in the country.


Group says fracking used near Central Cal forest

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) – An environmental group says wells near a Central California forest are using fracking, an oil and gas extraction method that some fear can contaminate groundwater. Los Padres ForestWatch says hydraulic fracturing […]



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