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|AB 1323 — Temporary ban on fracking|
|Analysis||Hydraulic Fracturing (“fracking”) is a relatively new technique for oil and natural gas extraction, using pressurized fluid injection to break up rock formations so the oil or gas will flow into wells so it can be extracted. The technique is controversial because of environmental concerns (specifically, that the oil or gas, or the extraction liquid, with contaminate groundwater or escape to the surface). These concerns seem to be exaggerated, at least in cases where the fracking is performed responsibly.
Currently law places all oil and gas extraction under state regulation and requires advance regulatory approval for all drilling activities. This bill would amend current law to forbid all fracking in CA unless and until the Division of Oil and Gas creates and puts into effect regulations specifically for fracking.
A ban, even a temporary one, would be overkill given the low level of risk, and the wording of the bill seems designed to push for unreasonably strict regulations based on bad science.
|Status||Failed in Assembly|
John A. Pérez
V. Manuel Pérez