water quality

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Vast oil trove trapped in Monterey Shale formation

Published: 
Mon, 04/07/2014 - 4:31pm
Category: 
Energy

A bustling city is sprouting on five acres here, carved out of a vast almond grove. Tanker trucks and heavy equipment come and go, a row of office trailers runs the length of the site and an imposing 150-foot drilling rig illuminated by football-field-like lights rises over the trees.

News

The E.P.A. Backs Off on Factory Farms

Published: 
Sun, 06/16/2013 - 10:21pm
Category: 
Shopping & Food

The Environmental Protection Agency is obliged under the Clean Water Act to monitor America’s waterways and shield them from the toxic runoff from factory farms.

News

Fracking can increase methane in drinking water, study finds

Published: 
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:01pm
Category: 
Water

Scientists have found that methane and other gases pose a significant risk of contaminating drinking-water wells near natural gas drilling, raising new questions about possible health and safety risks from the production technique known as fracking.

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Brown releases proposed rules for fracking

Published: 
Sat, 11/16/2013 - 7:52am
Category: 
Energy

The Brown administration has released much-anticipated proposed rules for fracking, a controversial technique for drilling for oil and natural gas reviled by environmentalists.

News

Don't dilute CEQA, improve it

Published: 
Fri, 05/24/2013 - 9:16pm
Category: 
Water

I remember life before the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA. I grew up in Altadena and Pasadena during the late 1930s and '40s. All too often I awoke to thick smog and air quality warnings.