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
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.
With all the new laws taking effect in California this year we wanted a quick and fun way to share the stories with our listeners. Explore the new legislation from teen drivers to immigration within this interactive graphic.
Children in California can now have more than two legal parents.
A sixteen-year-old California student was a driving force behind a new state law aimed at improving school for transgender students.
Craft breweries and liquor distillers in California could get shots of new business as a result of two new state laws taking effect in 2014 - and beer and liquor drinkers will likely be happy as well.