The oil industry says the new regulations will be some of the strictest in the nation.
But some environmental groups that called for a moratorium on the process say the regulations don’t go far enough to protect water and air quality.
Under the law, oil companies will have to disclose chemicals used in the fracking process, although there are some limitations for trade secrets.
Tupper Hull with the Western States Petroleum Association says the regulations will require companies to monitor groundwater and notify neighbors.
The interim regulations go into effect in 2014.
“I think at the end of the day they will give Californians the kind of confidence they expect that technologies used to produce vital energy is being used prudently and safely,” says Hull
More New Laws
(AP) -- California's minimum wage is rising to $9 per hour, providing workers with the first increase since 2008.
California state employees will be getting the first pay raise many of them have had in years starting Tuesday.
A law that extends California’s paid family leave benefit to people caring for grandchildren, grandparents, siblings and in-laws will go into effect July 1. The original law took effect on the same day 10 years ago.
California voters will decide this fall whether some low-level drug and theft offenses should be tried as misdemeanors instead of felonies. Meanwhile, the Legislature and Board of Equalization are pushing policies to help the food industry.
Victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking in California no longer have to worry about being fired or discriminated against at their workplace under a new state law now in effect.