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Jayni Foley Hein Feds downgrade Monterey Shale oil reserves by 95.6 percent

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) is reducing its previous estimate for technically recoverable oil in California’s Monterey Shale from 13.7 billion barrels of oil to just 600 million barrels of oi l— a dramatic 95.6 percent reduction. Has the oil industry been chasing rainbows in search of illusive “black … More >

Jayni Foley Hein As oil by rail gains momentum, is California on track to protect human health and the environment?

California will soon see a surge in the number of trains carrying crude oil into the state, as oil production in North Dakota’s Bakken region and Canada continues to increase, sending more crude to California refineries.

Last week, the California Senate Environmental Quality Committee and Natural Resources Committee held a hearing … More >

Steven Weissman Ten energy stories to watch in 2014

In our energy law classes at Cal, we like to start the day by talking about Energy in the News. The media never fails us. Every day, there are multiple energy-related stories of significance touching on resource development, new technologies, policy shifts, jobs, regional politics, prices, international relations, or the … More >

Jayni Foley Hein State releases new fracking regulations amid SB 4 criticism, controversy

California’s Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) has released its proposed regulations governing hydraulic fracturing pursuant to Senate Bill 4, controversial legislation signed into law this September. DOGGR’s Nov. 15 public notice begins its formal rulemaking process and marks the start of a 60-day public comment period for … More >

Jayni Foley Hein Hydraulic fracking in California: New report addresses potential water impacts

Today, Berkeley Law released a new report on hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California, focusing on wastewater and potential water quality impacts. The report, “Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Wastewater and Water Quality Perspective,” is an independent analysis produced by Berkeley Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment … More >

Jayni Foley Hein Fracking: BLM’s illegal sale of oil and gas leases in California

On April 8, a federal magistrate judge issued the first major ruling in a California fracking lawsuit, finding that the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by failing to take the necessary “hard look” at the impact of hydraulic fracturing when it sold oil … More >

Dan Farber Fossil fuels’ future role in the electricity system

If you put aside their environmental impacts, fossil fuels are wonderful for generating electricity.  They are cheap, reliable, and currently in abundant supply.  But the environmental drawbacks are considerable, and the most serious one is their contribution to climate change. To deal with climate change, do we need to adopt … More >

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