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June 21, 2014

California state Senator Holly Mitchell, sponsor of anti-fracking legislation, told ABC News in May: "The cost-benefit analysis of fracking in California has just changed drastically." Referring to the 96% reduction, she asks,

"Why put so many at risk for so little? We now know that the projected economic benefits are only a small fraction of what the oil industry has been touting. There is no ocean of black gold that fracking is going to release tomorrow, leaving California awash in profits and jobs."

Source: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/2442482/fracking_the_us_monterey_shales_96_downgrade_blows_the_scam.html

June 20, 2014

"We have compromised the core infrastructure of the Medi-Cal delivery system," Mitchell said. "We knew that the people left in fee-for-service would be those who are most vulnerable, the most at-risk. ... The frail and elderly are not going to be able to find access to care in their communities."

Source: http://www.californiahealthline.org/insight/2014/health-care-battles-focus-on-whats-left-out-of-budget-not-whats-in-it

June 18, 2014

California is one of 12 states that punishes possession of crack for sale more severely than possession of cocaine powder for sale. Existing state law -- written in 1986 -- calls for a prison term of a year longer for crack than for cocaine, despite the fact hat both are felonies.

Efforts last decade to end this disparity failed, but the Sacramento Bee reports that Sen. Holly Mitchell's plan to treat both drugs the same under the law (SB 1010) has good support, and even from (some) cops say it's a good thing.

Source: http://www.sfweekly.com/thesnitch/2014/06/17/california-cops-still-fighting-crack-sentencing-reform

June 04, 2014

A proposed ban on fracking failed to gain passage in the state Senate twice last week, disappointing environmental activists across the state. The bill, SB 1132, would have placed a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing and acidization, which are well-stimulation techniques linked to air pollution, water contamination, and earthquakes. Environmental activists credit the bill’s failure to big oil’s aggressive lobbying; the coalition Californians Against Fracking estimated that groups such as the Western States Petroleum Association, which represents oil and natural gas interests, spent several million dollars lobbying against SB 1132 and previous moratorium proposals.

Source: www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/06/03/big-oil-killed-fracking-ban

May 29, 2014

Lawmakers in the state Senate will decide this week on a law that would halt fracking in California until state government officials deem it safe – a move that could prevent the creation of some 195,000 jobs, according to figures provided by the oil industry.

Source: http://www.bizjournals.com/sacramento/news/2014/05/28/california-fracking-moratorium-bill-could-add-to.html?page=all

May 28, 2014

An effort to halt the oil extraction process known as fracking failed in the California Senate as lawmakers rejected a bill that would have banned the practice until a state-commissioned study proves it is safe.

Source: http://blogs.sacbee.com/capitolalertlatest/2014/05/fracking-moratorium-dies-in-california-senate.html

May 28, 2014

The state Senate on Wednesday failed to muster the votes needed to set a moratorium on the oil drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until a study determines that it does not pose a health risk for the public.

Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her bill is needed because of public concern that the injection of water and chemicals into the ground to stimulate oil production may threaten health.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/political/la-me-pc-calif-senate-votes-on-moratorium-on-oil-fracking-20140528-story.html

May 28, 2014

Late last week, the state Senate Appropriations committee approved a statewide moratorium on fracking, sending Senate Bill 1132 to the senate floor for a vote this week. The bill cleared the committee in a 4-2 vote just days after the estimate of extractable oil in the Monterey Shale was reduced by 96 percent from 13.7 billion barrels to 600 million.

Source: http://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2014/05/27/fracking-ban-legislation-headed-for-california-senate-floor-vote-this-week

May 24, 2014

Oil industry experts estimate that deep within the Monterey Shale, a land mass in California, there exists gargantuan amounts of oil.

But, environmentalists say these oil extraction techniques can lead to health and environmental problems. In fact, State Senators Holly Mitchell (D) and Mark Leno (D) have introduced legislation that would impose a moratorium on fracking and well stimulation in California.

Source: http://www.scpr.org/programs/airtalk/2014/05/23/37593/is-fracking-worth-the-risk-in-light-of-dismal-fore/

May 23, 2014

A sizable majority of Californians support slapping a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, according to a new poll released Thursday.

Source: http://blog.sfgate.com/energy/2014/05/22/poll-two-thirds-of-ca-voters-want-fracking-moratorium/