Legislation by a State Senator from our region to regulate the controversial oil, and gas industry use of fracking is now on the governor’s desk, awaiting his action.
Democratic State Senator Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills authored Senate Bill 4, which would require permits for fracking, acidizing, or other oil well stimulation practices. It would add requirements that neighbors be notified of plans to conduct fracking, the public disclosure of all chemicals used, and independent groundwater, and air quality monitoring. And, potential pollution problems would have to be assessed before work could proceed.
Both the State Assembly, and State Senate gave their final approval to the proposed legislation yesterday.
Fracking is the high pressure injection of water, and chemicals underground to try to clear a path to trapped oil, and gas deposits. There are concerns that the process may cause water, or other environmental contamination or pollution.