There isn't supposed to be much fracking in California. In the past, the state's Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources
(DOGGR) has said that it "does not believe that fracking is widely used" in California. More recently, the division allowed that the practice is "used for a brief period to stimulate production of oil and gas wells," but added (PDF
) that "the division doesn't believe the practice is nearly as widespread as it is in the Eastern U.S. for shale gas production."
Californians, then, should be able to breathe a sigh of relief, since the controversial practice of fracking, short for hydraulic fracturing, has been linked to a host of environmental problems, including air pollution, groundwater contamination, and possibly even earthquakes.
But according to a report (PDF) just released by the Environmental Working Group, fracking is much more common in California than the regulators would like you to believe.