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?
California’s new fracking law is the first of its kind in the nation to regulate this method of tight oil extraction.
The Monterey Shale runs through some of California’s major fault lines. Could pounding the earth trigger the next Big One?
There has been so much talk of a potential fracking boom in California. But how, exactly, did the Monterey shale formation become so valuable?
What’s in store for the desert species who’ve come to rely on an undeveloped landscape now threatened by a California oil boom?
What happens when Big Oil meets small town California?
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?