Photos: Going to Extremes in the Golden State

Going to Extremes
in the Golden State
In California, there is no regulation of fracking, even as the state faces sudden growth in oil drilling. And those on the frontlines of that energy rush are troubled.
Photos & Captions by Chris Jordan-Bloch


Flare in Shafter, CA. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Magazine Feature
Extreme Energy: Out of Control Out West

California, here it comes—a surge of extreme energy methods like fracking that aren't regulated and potentially threaten the Golden State's water, air and health.

Cooperstown's iconic Main Street is filled with souvenir shops designed to attract the hundreds of thousands of baseball fans that come to the area each year. (Frank Forte)
Fracking Runs Afoul of Hometown U.S.A.

The towns of Middlefield and Otsego, which together encompass the Village of Cooperstown, passed the first local fracking bans by limiting industrial activities within the town's borders.

Jim and Jen Slotterback. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Finding Their Way

Pennsylvania residents Jim and Jen Slotterback had only 11 days to save their favorite park from gas drilling—and they succeeded. Watch their story.