Lawmakers To Hold Hearing on "Fracking" Regulations

Published On : 2/11/2013 12:30 PM
By : Amy Quinton
From : CCN
Categories : State, Local

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California lawmakers are scheduled to hold an oversight hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) on hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”

The Department of Conservation has recently released draft regulations for the controversial drilling practice by the oil and gas industry. It requires energy companies disclose the chemicals they inject into the ground.

Democratic Senator Fran Pavley chairs the Committee on Natural Resources and Water. She says she has concerns about allowing companies to withhold chemical information if it’s deemed a trade secret.

“This is the beginning of the discussions, the proposed draft regulations in my opinion have had several gaps in them and we’ll be sort of trying to probe and discuss those with them.”

Energy companies argue that fracking is safe and has been used in the state for decades without incident.

Oil regulators, environmental groups and representatives from the oil industry are expected to speak at the hearing.

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