California dreamin’ about a fracking ban that may never come


Although oil drilling has taken place for more than a century near Los Angeles, it is highly questionable whether the big shale-oil and gas rushes seen in Pennsylvania, North Dakota, and Texas will ever be seen in the Golden State.

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, uses a mix of water and sand to penetrate shale rock deep underground to release oil and natural gas. The drilling method has made the U.S. the world’s largest energy producer in the world in under a decade.