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NATURAL GAS FIELDS OF THE DELTA   (see Delta Gas Exploation  and the Timeline)
      Based on very detailed maps provided by different state and federal agency websites online, there is a substantial amount of natural gas located in the Delta.  Since many of the Delta land owners who's families have owned the properties for many generations still hold mineral rights, there is the potential for more natural gas exploration in the area.  Perhaps this is one of the main reasons there is a big push for the state to purchase Delta lands for "restoration".  No doubt, the proposed restoration areas will be the locations where the land owners have mineral rights along with water rights.  Below are links to a few of the different maps showing the locations of natural gas in the Delta.  In addition, with the "fracking" technology, there may be additional reserves to explore.  There are three huge problems associated with extraction of natural gas in the Delta:

1.  Extracting to much natural gas can cause land subsidence and levee failures, as did happen to McDonald Island in the early 1980's, according to Dr. Robert Pyke.  McDonald Island, located in the south Delta region close to Stockton, has a natural gas underground storage area, at least as of the end of 2012.

2.  Fracking is the horizontal drilling for oil or gas, using high pressure hydraulics.  The fluid used is a mixture of water and chemicals known to be toxins for human consumption.  When fracking fluids get into the local aquifers and wells, there can be harm done to humans who consume their well water.  In addition, there can be extra cost to clean the fresh water for human consumption, a cost that the fracking companies currently do not cover.

3.  In at least one instance that is acknowledged by the federal government, the fracking process can cause earthquakes, even in traditionally non-earthquake zones!  So what is the impact of fracking in KNOWN earthquake zones?  It is amazing that the EPA gave an exemption to oil & gas companies for the toxins left behind from fracking, and no insurance is required to cover the loss costs from earthquakes  caused by fracking in California! 
Maps:
2001-oil-gas.pdf
maps-surveys/2000-to-now/gas%20fields%20and%20lines.pdf
maps-surveys/2000-to-now/naturalgasMap610.pdf
maps-surveys/2000-to-now/naturalgasMap612.pdf
Other maps of interest to compare to the gas field locations:
maps/Delta_land_use_ownership/2004delta_land_ownership.pdf
maps/Delta_land_use_ownership/2009gov-owned-protected_delta_lands.pdf
maps/Delta_land_use_ownership/BiomassResources_Landtype.pdf
maps/Delta_land_use_ownership/sol06.pdf
 
Natural gas fields of the Sacramento San Joaquin Delta
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  Delta natural gas fields
 
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