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TAKING AN INFORMED PATH FORWARD WELL-STIMULATION TECHNOLOGIES

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 download options.


Go to the Well Stimulation Assessment Homepage


Updated 2/18/16
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