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Pavley fracking bill passes committee

Posted: May 1, 2013 7:39 p.m.
Updated: May 1, 2013 7:39 p.m.
 

The state Senate Environmental Quality Committee voted Wednesday to approve a bill from Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that would place additional regulations and restrictions on the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, in the state of California.

The bill, Senate Bill 4, was approved by a 6-2 vote.

Fracking entails the high-speed injection of water and chemicals to break underground shale rock formations to free trapped gas and oil deposits.

Pavley’s bill would require public noticing, disclosure of chemicals and estimates of the amount of water used, among other provisions.

The bill also would require additional independent study on the fracking process.

The bill now goes before the Senate Appropriations Committee. If it passes there, it will go to the Senate floor for a full vote.

 

 

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