Watching Government: What California actually did

California now has its own hydraulic fracturing requirements. Gov. Jerry Brown (D) signed Senate Bill 4 into law Sept. 20. Regulations go into effect Jan. 1, 2014, and become final a year later. They require oil and gas producers to obtain permits for acid well stimulation treatments as well as fracing before starting work. Producers also will have to notify nearby residents, publicly disclose chemicals they use, measure groundwater and air quality, and contribute to an independent scientific study. It quickly became clear that the new law's implementation will be very important in several ways. "While SB 4's requirements went significantly farther than the petroleum industry felt wa...

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