The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information request has received documents from the Environmental Protection Agency which reveal that companies operating wells off California's central coast not only we allowed to hydraulically fracture wells without any environmental review, but they were also allowed to release waste water from fracking into the ocean.
Oil companies point out that the water is treated before being released, and that fracking has not caused any environmental damage in California.
VCInFocus is awaiting comment from local companies Venoco and DCOR. Both of which have application pending before the Ventura County Planning office. DCOR has a major modification request pending.
Here is a detailed article about the EPA documents and the companies operating offshore in SB and Ventura County, including information about their frack jobs.
And here is the website of the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement BSEE: http://www.bsee.gov
Government documents including permits and internal emails from the BSEE reveal that fracking off the shores of California is more widespread than previously known. While new oil leases are banned, companies can still drill from 23 grandfathered-in platforms in waters where endangered blue and humpback whales and other marine mammals often congregate.
Of note: The website listed for DCOR LLC based in Ventura is currently offline, and in July the Ventura Chamber of Commerce welcomed DCOR to it's ranks.