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Call for Literature Submissions Related to Assessment of Well Stimulation Treatments in California

June 20, 2014

Pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (Pavley 2013), the California Natural Resources Agency has commissioned the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to conduct an independent scientific assessment of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California.

The purpose of the report is to synthesize and assess the available scientific information associated with well completion treatments in California. The review will survey hydraulic fracturing, matrix acidizing, and acid fracturing as they are applied both onshore and offshore for oil and gas production in the state. Published information will be used to investigate the history and current application of well stimulation treatments, changes in the potential for oil and gas development in California made possible by well stimulation treatments, and evidence of environmental and public health impacts attributable to these technologies.

CCST is establishing an interdisciplinary steering committee to oversee the effort that will include experts in technical areas relevant to well stimulation and its impacts in California. Dr. Jane C.S. Long will serve as the science lead for the project and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) will be the primary research institution supporting CCST in the scientific assessment. CCST will issue the final report following peer review. "Our effort is to provide independent, scientific, peer-reviewed information that can inform policymakers," said Susan Hackwood, Executive Director of CCST.

Interested parties are invited to propose relevant, scientific literature for inclusion in the report. Literature can be submitted in two ways:

  1. Online at this link.
  2. Submissions can be emailed as attachments to CAFRAC@ccst.us.
File formats that can be imported into bibliography software such as BibTeX(.bib), EndNote XML (.xml) Research Information Systems (.ris), or Zotero (zotero.sqlite) are preferred.

If you have questions on how to submit literature, please contact Laura Feinstein at CAFRAC@ccst.us.

The deadline for literature submissions is July 15, 2014.


California Council on Science and Technology is a nonpartisan, impartial, nonprofit created in 1988 by a unanimous vote of the California Legislature. It is designed to offer expert advice to the state government and to recommend solutions on science and technology-related policy issues. CCST is governed by a board of directors composed of representatives from its sponsoring academic institutions, from the corporate and business community, as well as from the philanthropic community.

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world's most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab's scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science. For more information, visit http://www.lbl.gov.



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