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Only One Major Fracking Bill Left Now at California Capitol

Jun 12, 2013

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A bill that would regulate the controversial oil and gas extraction process known as “fracking” in California has stalled at the State Capitol.

The measure by Democratic Assemblyman Bob Wieckowski fell two votes shy of passage in an Assembly committee today. It would have required oil companies to provide a complete list of chemicals used, their concentrations, how much water was used and how it was disposed of once fracking was complete.

The bill’s failure leaves a measure that’s passed the state Senate as the lone major piece of fracking legislation still alive at the Capitol this year.  That bill would require permitting, public notification and an independent scientific study of fracking risks.