To learn more about hydraulic fracturing or to follow the story as it develops, here’s a list of go-to sources

Sunset  – March 11, 2014

Center for Biological Diversity examines the environmental perils associated with drilling the Monterey Shale:

Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law studied the Monterey, looking at water impacts and policy:

Council on Foreign Relations published a comprehensive fracking backgrounder:

Energy in Depth, produced by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, gives an industry view:

The best U.S. government websites about fracking come from the Energy Information Administration (; Environmental Protection Agency (; and the U.S. Geological Survey ( In 2012, the Government Accountability Office released a report looking at fracking’s potential upsides and risks:

Data nerds will love the maps at Fractracker:

Monterey and Related Sedimentary (MARS) Rocks Project at California State University, Long Beach, has a website for those interested in the Monterey Shale’s geology:

Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy has a library of peer-reviewed journal articles about unconventional oil and gas development, including fracking:

Some of the most dogged research about the dangers of fracking is from the investigative newsroom ProPublica:

Western States Petroleum Association funded this independent University of Southern California report about the vast economic potential of drilling the Monterey Shale: Post Carbon Institute and Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy countered with this “reality check”:

And, of course, the most entertaining critical look at fracking comes from the Josh Fox documentaries Gasland and Gasland Part II:


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