California’s Final Fracking Regulations Released

SB 4 WELL STIMULATION TREATMENT REGULATIONS: FINAL TEXT OF REGULATIONS CHAPTER 4. DEVELOPMENT, REGULATION, AND CONSERVATION OF OIL AND GAS RESOURCES — Subchapter 2. Environmental Protection
State of California, Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)
http://bit.ly/1xLeKn1

[Natural Gas Intelligence] California’s new rules covering well stimulation, including hydraulic fracturing (fracking), completed the state’s regulatory process last Tuesday and will become effective July 1…The final rules include sections covering well stimulation treatment requirements and application for permits; neighboring property owner notification; water testing requests from neighboring property owners; monitoring during treatment, along with seismic monitoring/evaluation in the vicinity of any fracking; storage/handling of well stimulation treatment fluids and wastes; and public disclosures of chemicals used.

[Indybay.com] …Although Senate Bill 4, passed in September 2013, requires California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) to complete an environmental impact report and approve an independent scientific study, “neither one of those documents were ready in time to inform the final rules,” according to a news release from CAFrack Facts (http://www.cafrackfacts.org).

“California has essentially reversed the regulatory process when it comes to fracking,” said Jackie Pomeroy, spokesperson for CAFrackFacts. “State regulators have finalized California’s fracking rules a full six months before any of the mandated scientific studies have been completed. Given the long-term and potentially irreversible impacts of fracking and well stimulation, it is critical that we make policy decisions based on science—unfortunately, the current timeline makes this impossible.”  …

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