Fracking in CA: Not Banned but Beseiged

“Despite heated opposition from the oil industry and many environmentalists, a bill to regulate fracking in California passed the state Assembly on Wednesday, and Gov. Jerry Brown indicated he would sign it.

The legislation from Sen. Fran Pavley would trigger a sweeping study of fracking’s potential risks, as the controversial oil production technique spreads across California. The bill would also force oil companies to obtain a specific permit to frack a well, notify neighbors in advance and disclose the chemicals used in the process.

The same requirements would apply to “acidizing,” which uses powerful acids to extract oil from rock.”

SF Chron: David Baker

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