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Why is California expanding fracking even as oil prices collapse?

Despite the collapse in U.S. oil prices, the Gavin Newsom Administration continues to expand oil and gas drilling, including fracking, in California. On April 20, US oil prices plunged, falling below $0 to $-37.63 a barrel, the lowest since NYMEX opened oil futures trading in 1983, according to Julia Horowitz, a reporter for CNN Business. By Dan Bacher The […]

April 22nd

The Coronavirus has shut down the US economy – but California continues to issue fracking permits

In the midst of the COVID-19 Pandemic and after a nine-month moratorium on new fracking operations,  the State Department of Conservation on Friday approved 24 new fracking permits in Kern County, the center of the oil industry in California. By Dan Bacher Public health advocates and environmental justice advocates were very disappointed by the approval of environmentally destructive fracking […]

April 7th

Don’t mess with Texas? Fossil fuel drilling is making Texans sick (video)

In the summer of 2018, Nexus Media took part in Freedom to Breathe, a cross-country tour that explored how climate change intersects with the racial, social and economic challenges that Americans face every day. We saw firsthand how fossil fuel pollution and extreme weather are damaging communities across the United States, and how ordinary people […]

March 8th

Green New Deal vs Fracking: Big oil wants to scare you with ludicrous numbers (But it just ain’t so!)

On Wednesday, a trio of right-wing groups released a report claiming that, per the Daily Caller, the Green New Deal would cost swing-state households $75,000 a year. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just an update to a similar report they put out last year which found the GND would cost households $70,000 a year. Since we disassembled […]

Big oil puts out more BS about the cost of the Green New Deal

Last week, a trio of right-wing groups released a report claiming that, per the Daily Caller, the Green New Deal would cost swing-state households $75,000 a year. If this sounds familiar, that’s because it’s just an update to a similar report they put out last year which found the GND would cost households $70,000 a year. Since […]

Fracking has led to a bust for Pennsylvania school district finances

Unconventional natural gas development has transformed American energy over the past decade. Hydraulic fracturing, often popularly referred to as “fracking,” is a process used in extracting oil or gas resources from underground formations such as shale or sandstone. In Pennsylvania and elsewhere, this has been an industrially intensive method, and wells are often drilled a mile […]

February 13th

Should big oil be able to drill next to schools, homes and hospitals? California says NO!

Unlike many other oil and gas producing states including Texas, Colorado and Pennsylvania, supposedly “green” California has currently no health and safety zones around oil and gas drilling operations. For example, the state of Texas requires fracking operations to maintain 250 foot setbacks. This is by no means adequate for health and safety protections, but it […]

January 30th

Oregon bans fracking (but big oil still controls California)

In contrast with California where every bill to ban or impose a moratorium on fracking has been defeated under heavy political pressure by Big Oil, Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed into law a five-year ban on fracking for oil and gas exploration and production on June 17. By Dan Bacher HB 2623, sponsored by Rep. Julie Fahey and […]

June 19th