The California Council on Science and Technology has released an independent study on the impacts of hydraulic fracturing throughout the state. This study was mandated by recent legislation (SB4).
The study found oil and gas development causes habitat loss and recommends important habitat be preserved from the impacts of oil and gas exploration and production in Ventura County.
Conclusion 3.4. Oil and gas development causes habitat loss and fragmentation.
Other key findings and recommendations include: expand monitoring and data collection regarding hydraulic fracturing, prepare for changes in the HF process and with acid stimulation, account for both direct and indirect impacts (the study noted these well stimulation processes allow oil development to occur in places where with conventional methods it would not be possible to get the oil out, and "The report recommends evaluation of indirect impacts of concern (such as disposal of produced water, habitat disruption, emissions, health impacts, oil spills etc.) for all oil and gas development, rather than just the portion of development enabled by well stimulation."
More analysis coming soon.
To view the executive summary and the full study visit: http://ccst.us/projects/hydraulic_fracturing_public/SB4.php