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Frack Target: Monterey Shale/McClure Shale
Water Resources at Stake: Water Resources at Stake: Sisquoc River, Salinas River, Amargosa River
Fracking in California has yet to begin in earnest, but that could soon change. In Monterey County, officials have given a green light to Denver-based oil company Venoco to drill exploratory wells in the Hames Valley using fracking technology. The area has long been home to plenty of oil drilling and a new boom could be on its way, thanks to fracking. Oil and gas companies are also eyeing the large tracts of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land with mineral rights over the Monterey Shale formation.
Below is a map of some of the high profile incidents ("fraccidents") related to the country's gas drilling boom that have already occurred. Click on any fraccident to learn more.