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A California Bill to Regulate Fracking Hits a Legislative Wall

CPR Photo/Max Pringle

CPR Photo/Max Pringle

Fracking is when energy companies inject pressurized water and chemicals into the ground to extract oil and gas. Backers of the bill say it would set a national precedent on the regulation of fracking.

“It would require that you must test the water and disclose any potential air and water risks," says Jena Price with the California League of Conservation voters, which co-sponsored the bill."The same company extracting the water under this law, will now be required to turn over all information.” 

But, opponents say the bill is too broad in its current form.

“We think work still needs to be done to narrow the bill," says Theo Pahos with the California Independent Petroleum Association. "They should make it so we can operate within its parameters and continue to do what we do.” 

The bill has cleared the Senate. It is now in the Assembly Appropriations Committee, which has delayed action on it. 


Max Pringle

State Government Reporter

Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio 

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