The controversial oil extraction process known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is again coming under scrutiny in California. Last week, the Assembly Natural Resources Committee okayed three measures that would place a moratorium on fracking until its environmental impacts are fully understood.
California is in the early stages of regulating fracking. And the fight over fracking in the state has been centered around the Monterey Shale in the San Joaquin Basin, which contains about 15 billion barrels of oil.
These three bills were not the first bills to make it out of committee this year, but they are the toughest. Last year, the California Legislature killed a proposed temporary ban on the practice.
Holly Mitchell (D-Culver City), Assemblymember for California’s 54th district, with Culver City as its center.
Tupper Hull, Vice President, Strategic CommunicationsWestern States Petroleum Association