To learn more about hydraulic fracturing or to follow the story as it develops, here’s a list of go-to sources
Center for Biological Diversity examines the environmental perils associated with drilling the Monterey Shale: .
Center for Law, Energy & the Environment at Berkeley Law studied the Monterey, looking at water impacts and policy: .
Council on Foreign Relations published a comprehensive fracking backgrounder: .
Energy in Depth, produced by the Independent Petroleum Association of America, gives an industry view: .
The best U.S. government websites about fracking come from the Energy Information Administration (); Environmental Protection Agency (); and the U.S. Geological Survey (). In 2012, the Government Accountability Office released a report looking at fracking’s potential upsides and risks: .
Data nerds will love the maps at Fractracker: .
Monterey and Related Sedimentary (MARS) Rocks Project at California State University, Long Beach, has a website for those interested in the Monterey Shale’s geology: .
Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy has a library of peer-reviewed journal articles about unconventional oil and gas development, including fracking: .
Some of the most dogged research about the dangers of fracking is from the investigative newsroom ProPublica: .
Western States Petroleum Association funded this independent University of Southern California report about the vast economic potential of drilling the Monterey Shale: . Post Carbon Institute and Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy countered with this “reality check”: .
And, of course, the most entertaining critical look at fracking comes from the Josh Fox documentaries Gasland and Gasland Part II: .