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Pavley ‘fracking’ bill gets Senate approval

Posted: May 29, 2013 4:31 p.m.
Updated: May 29, 2013 4:31 p.m.

A bill from state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, that would place new regulations on the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking,” took another step toward reality Wednesday when the state Senate voted to approve the bill.

Members of the Senate voted 27-11 to approve Pavley’s bill, Senate Bill 4, which would require companies to disclose where fracking is taking place, as well as what chemicals they are using in the process.

Fracking is the process of using a high-speed injection of water, chemicals and sand to fracture underground rock, freeing trapped natural gas deposits.

During earlier interviews with The Signal Pavley said fracking presents environmental concerns, not just because of the chemicals used, but because the amount of water used in the process could strain the state’s supply.

“I am pleased my colleagues want to hold oil well operators accountable and answer critical questions about groundwater quality, water supply, earthquakes and air quality,” Pavley said in a news release. “We must protect California from risks to our economy, public health and safety and environment.”


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