Two legislators serving the South Coast have introduced proposed new laws to try to help regulate the oil and gas extraction process known as fracking.
Democratic Assemblyman Das Williams of Santa Barbara introduced AB 982, which would require companies using the hydraulic fracturing process to monitor the quality of groundwater before, and after each operation takes place. And, Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara has proposed SB 395, which would require any fluids brought up during the fracking process to be regulated as hazardous waste. It would give state agencies more control over the disposal of the fluids.
The state has been in the process of developing potential guidelines for the controversial oil and gas removal process, which calls for the injection of fluids at high pressure underground to open the way for oil, and gas removal.
Some people are concerned fracking could contaminate groundwater supplies vital for drinking, and agricultural uses.