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California lawmakers approve fracking bill

September 11, 2013 • Business


Assemblywoman Shannon Grove, R-Bakersfield, urges lawmakers to reject a bill to place new rules on oil drillers and gas producers that use the drilling technique known as “fracking,” at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. SB4, by Senator Fran Pavely, D-Agoura Hills, was approved by a 47-17 and sent back to the Senate for a final vote.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Oil and gas drillers that use a technique known as fracking would face new rules in California under legislation sent to the governor’s desk Wednesday.

The measure includes a requirement that drillers disclose the chemicals they use in the process of hydraulic fracturing. The process involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into deep rock formations to release oil or natural gas.

Senators approved SB4 on a 28-8 vote. They acted hours after the Assembly voted 47-17 to approve the plan amid concerns from conservation groups over last-minute changes affecting environmental reviews.

“The public simply needs to know what it is exposed to,” Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, said in arguing for her bill.

No one spoke against the bill, and several Republicans supported it.

“It could be a very significant job-creator in the state of Login to read more

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