Even Booms Have Limits
Is California’s Monterey Shale Just a Pipe Dream?
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  • Thirdsyphon

    This isn’t California’s first run-in with uncooperative geology, and it’s (horribly) unlikely to be its last. The politics around this issue were bound to be difficult, and in the end it’s unlikely that California would have allowed much extraction to take place. In that sense, the downgrade can be seen as nature letting California off the hook.

    There’s no shortage of locations around the country where both the politics and the geology are incredibly favorable to extraction by fracking, and energy companies are (quite rightly) focusing their efforts and investment dollars on those locations rather than on places like California and New York, where the geology is trickier and where the electorate doesn’t want them fracking anyway.

  • Fat_Man

    The rocks in California that we should worry about are the ones in the politicians heads.

  • Boritz

    A god-send to the leave-it-in-the-ground greens.

  • Andrew Allison

    Hmmm, seems as though the formation has already been fracked, by seismic activity.

  • AllanDale
  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    I remind everyone that a decade ago they were saying that shale oil was unrecoverable. So what if it’s not in nice neat layers like a cake, drillers can now send their drills every which way and follow the contours of the shale to be fracked. It’s possible that the frequent earthquakes in California could even be used to help in the fracturing of the shale to release the oil.

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