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L.A. County supervisors give thumbs-up to fracking bill

Proposed law by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, would require further enviornmental investigation

Posted: April 2, 2013 12:28 p.m.
Updated: April 2, 2013 12:28 p.m.

Members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted today to endorse a bill from state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that would require additional study on the potential environmental impacts of the hydraulic fracturing drilling process, also known as fracking.

Pavley’s legislation, Senate Bill 4, calls for an investigation in particular into whether the process may pollute or overdraw from groundwater reserves or cause seismic activity.

Supervisors voted 3-2 to support Pavley’s bill, with Supervisors Michael D. Antonovich and Don Knabe opposing.
Antonovich said he opposed the item because he wants to make sure the Pavley bill will not have a negative economic impact on cities within the county.

“I just think I don’t have enough information at this time to support it,” Antonovich said of the item. “So I would oppose it until I have that.”

Fracking is the process of injecting a mixture of chemicals or water into the ground to fracture underground rock formations with the goal of releasing oil and natural gas deposits.

Pavley told The Signal in March that current California law does not require companies to disclose where they are using fracking or what kind of chemicals they are using in the process.

Pavley’s legislation would require companies to file that information with the state.

Pavley also said the fracking process requires hundreds of gallons of water and may draw too much from wells in areas, like the Santa Clarita Valley, that rely heavily on groundwater reserves.

Pavley represents state Senate District 27, which includes western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley.
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