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Behind the Fracking Boom: Unearthing the Secrets of the Monterey Shale

October 14, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

But the pressure to exploit these resources isn’t going away anytime soon either, nor is the debate over the wisdom of doing so. As we weigh the pros and cons, a missing piece of the conversation is the land itself: What is the Monterey Formation? What is it made of and how did it get here? And what kind of habitats, plants, and animals live atop it?

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California’s new fracking law divides environmentalists

September 27, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

California's new fracking law is the first of its kind in the nation to regulate this method of tight oil extraction.

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Could fracking the Monterey Shale lead to the next Big One?

September 17, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

The Monterey Shale runs through some of California's major fault lines. Could pounding the earth trigger the next Big One?

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How the Monterey Shale came to be

September 02, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

There has been so much talk of a potential fracking boom in California. But how, exactly, did the Monterey shale formation become so valuable?

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Fracking the land of the kit fox, and its fellow desert natives

August 21, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What's in store for the desert species who've come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?

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Above the Monterey Shale, farmers worry fracking will destroy the land

August 05, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

What happens when Big Oil meets small town California?

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In condor country comes a California oil boom

July 18, 2013 by Sarah Phelan

California could be on the verge of a major oil boom centered a stone's throw from the Bay Area. What does that mean for the landscape and the wildlife that call that place home?

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“Global Frackdown” aims to educate, incite change

September 25, 2012 by Heather Mack

Bay Area residents gathered on Crissy Field for the "Global Frackdown," a protest rally against the growing use of shale drilling that's raised environmental concerns.

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“Global Frackdown” rally in SF focuses on oil and gas in California

September 21, 2012 by Dan Rademacher

The state is considering new regs on fracking, which could create a new oil boom in California, in a swathe stretching form the Bay Area to Los Angeles.

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