Once upon a time there was Fractured Fairy Tales, a cartoon favorite of Dr. Wattson\u2019s from the Rocky & Bullwinkle show. Today, it\u2019s Fractured Scary Wells. Dr. Wattson\u2019s detective consultant, She\u2019Lock, is investigating pollution and earthquake concerns as an alleged result of scary wells. The controversial practice of jamming down a brew of chemicals to fracture rock and release oil and natural gas has led to protests at the state capitol and in Washington, D.C., as well as November ballot measures. While staying out of reach of the long arm of the law, She\u2019Lock used her spyglass to observe more than two dozen protestors. Nov. 3 being arrested outside the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission\u2019s office in Washington. The group used its own Instagram technology to erect a mega collage of photos of families impacted by gas projects linked to fracking, which were approved by the federal agency, along with a frack-less \u201cmodel town.\u201d The artsy display blocked the building\u2019s entrance. She\u2019Lock stood by while regulatory staff and others fracked the display in order to ingress and egress the federal haunt. To avoid forcing staff to view or destroy the display and\/or take the day off, police arrested and handcuffed the artists and supporters\u2014some who walked 3,000 miles to protest federally-approved gas projects. \u201cThe object of the blockade art is to give FERC no other option but to destroy the town and families in order to get to work,\u201d admitted Kim Fraczek of Sane Energy Project of New York. \u201cThe destruction of the art serves a metaphor of reality.\u201d As there were no murderous intentions on the protesters\u2019 part, She\u2019Lock lighted her pipe and wandered away from the federal mess-ology message. While She\u2019Lock observed, Dr. Wattson\u2014although not a big fan of depressing elections\u2014kept track in her journal of other anti-fracking protesters who used their voices in a different way. They cast votes to keep fracking out of their communities in Monterey and San Benito. But in Santa Barbara, the majority of the few voters going to the polls struck down an attempted fracking prohibition. While successful, the Montereyites or San Benitians backing the anti-fracking measures in what many outsiders consider a state of eccentric wackos, didn\u2019t get close to the colorful tactics used in Denton, Texas by a melodramatic group of anti-frackers. The Southern brethren wrote their own election fracktured tales. It included a puppet show with rapacious oil company honcho \u201cMr. Moneybags,\u201d who was backed up by singing and dancing Frackettes. There also were fracked coffin races during Denton\u2019s \u201cDay of the Dead.\u201d On the California policy stage\u2014with lots to do on energy, but not fracking\u2014Dr. Wattson notes a dwindling number of actors. With the end-of -year departure of California Public Utilities Commission president Mike Peevey, there\u2019s lots of behind-the-scenes maneuvering and speculation. Questions about who will get Gov. Jerry Brown\u2019s sole vote to replace Prez Peevey abound. Dr. Wattson and She\u2019Lock place bets on Mike Picker playing King Mike the 2nd. Prior to his commission appointment Jan. 29, the long-time Brown aide was also the state renewables czar. Our dynamic investigative duo got wind that California Energy Commission chair Bob Weisenmiller may be in the running. And, in an interesting twist, when federal regulatory commissioner Phil Moeller was in town Oct. 23 he was asked point blank if he would be appointed president of the state commission. The Republican regulator turned bright red. After a noteworthy pause, he said he didn\u2019t think Brown was keen on appointing him. Not making any curtain calls are three PG&E officials who got all the blame for the improper off-the-record \u201cjudge shopping\u201d communications with state regulators. But former senior vice president Tom Bottorff\u2014who was near retirement\u2014received a $1 million plus send off. In exchange for the $1,146,000 severance pay, an end of the year bonus, continued vesting of stock in the utility and at least another $42,000, he agreed not to sue the company, according to a company Securities & Exchange 10-Q filing. Under the deal, Bottorff also is required to defend the utility in related legal proceedings, with the representation of utility paid legal counsel. He also is forbidden from contributing to She\u2019Lock\u2019s holiday \u201cnaughty & nice\u201d column, and won\u2019t be allowed to compete with his former employer, which is unlikely given the size of his parachute. She\u2019Lock\u2019s still lighting her pipe, but not in Anaheim. The city utility cut the lights and water at some 20 marijuana dispensaries to drive them out of business, according to High Times. \u201cWhether it is a business or home, it is very difficult to continue to operate without water and power,\u201d said Anaheim spokesperson Ruth Ruiz. Anaheim outlawed pot shops a year ago after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that locals get to decide whether to allow them or not after California voted to make them legal. That smokin\u2019 haze above a power line near the Diablo Canyon nuke wasn\u2019t of the cannabis type. While Diablo owner PG&E assures the public that the facility can withstand earthquakes and tsunamis, along comes a little rainstorm. Dr. Wattson\u2019s notes reveal that Nov. 1 Diablo\u2019s unit 1 lost an offsite 230 kV startup power supply due to a rainstorm, that, in layperson\u2019s terms means, shorted out. According to a federal filing, the facility\u2019s three emergency generators started up in anticipation of having to \u201cmitigate the consequences of an accident while the 230 kV supply was unavailable.\u201d They were not needed.