An Independent Scientific Assessment of Well Stimulation in California and Fracking Issue Briefs

Published: July 2015

Authors: Corinne Bachmann, Jenner Banbury, Jens Birkholzer, Adam Brandt, Mary Kay Camarillo, Heather Cooley, Brian Cypher, Patrick Dobson, Jeremy Domen, Kristina Donnelly, Jacob Englander, Laura Feinstein, Kyle Ferrar William Foxall, Donald Gautier, en Greenfield Amro Hamdoun, Robert Harrison, Jake Hays, Matthew Heberger, James Houseworth, Michael Jerrett, Ling Jin, Preston Jordan, Nathaniel Lindsey, Jane Long, Randy Maddalena, Thomas McKone, Dev Millstein, Sascha Nicklisch, Scott Phillips, Matthew Reagan, Whitney Sandelin, Seth Shonkoff, William Stringfellow, Craig Ulrich, Charuleka Varadharajan, and Zachary Wettstein

Pages: 1697



Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has generated tremendous controversy over the past several years.

This study, prepared by the California Council on Science and Technology in partnership with the Pacific Institute and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, consists of three volumes. It explores well stimulation treatments in California; the risks these technologies pose to water, air, seismic activity, wildlife, plants, and human health; risks by geographic region within the state; and areas where there are information gaps. It also provides recommendations to improve practices and regulations for oversight of oil and gas development in the state.