TAKING AN INFORMED PATH FORWARD
Oil and gas production has changed dramatically
over the past decade world-wide. Technological
advances such as hydraulic fracturing in conjunction
with horizontal drilling have improved extraction
efficiency, and crude oil reserves are more available
than in previous decades.
In California, hydraulic fracturing has been part of oil
and gas extraction for decades, attracting little public
attention. Public scrutiny of the practice suddenly
increased when a 2011 report by the Federal Energy
Information Administration identified California's
Monterey Shale as a major untapped resource, just as
concerns about the safety of hydraulic fracturing and
other stimulation technologies were emerging around
the globe. Policymakers in California wanted to know
about the local impacts of well stimulation technology,
and looked to CCST for answers.
CCST partnered with Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory and other organizations to produce one
of the most comprehensive assessments of these
technologies to date - in order to aid California
leaders in making informed choices on the future of
our economy and environment.
The report for the BLM was completed in August 2014. Click here
for an overview of the report and download options.
The study for the California Natural Resources Agency was completed in July 2015.
Click here for an overview of the report (released in three volumes) and
Go to the Well Stimulation Assessment Homepage