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Lab Contributes to Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

In collaboration with Berkeley Lab, the California Council on Science and Technology released a peer-reviewed independent assessment that discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California. The report also identifies knowledge gaps and alternative practices that could avoid or mitigate these possible impacts. Jens Birkholzer of the Earth Sciences Division is the principal investigator of the assessment. More>


  1. I read only the press release, but it appears there is very little in it about the possible economic benefits. I’m not referring only to the benefits to oil companies and producers, but also to the State as a whole. Perhaps that was not part of their task, however it does appear to omit a very significant part of the discussion.