09 Jul 2015


Independent Scientific Study on environmental and public health impacts of hydraulic fracturing and acidizing in California now publicly available.

Pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (Pavley 2013), the California Natural Resources Agency commissioned The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory conducted an independent scientific assessment of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing in California. Volumes II and III of the assessment are now publicly released. Volume II assesses the potential impacts of well stimulation treatments with respect to water, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, human health, induced seismicity, ecology, traffic and noise. Volume III presents case studies to assess environmental and human health issues and qualitative hazards for specific geographic regions, based on findings in Volume I and Volume II.

PSE Healthy Energy took the lead on the public health chapters.

The Full report including Volume I, released in January 2015 can be found here.