A tale of two states and the perils of ignoring science

A tale of two states and the perils of ignoring science

Contra Costa Times | January 24, 2015 | by Dave Quast

California — the nation’s third-largest energy-producing state — has had a robust debate about hydraulic fracturing for the past several years. Because fracking has been happening safely in California since Eisenhower was president, there was no reason to act rashly. State officials moved deliberately, holding dozens of public hearings and looking carefully at the abundant scientific literature. Fracking bans were defeated handily in the state’s overwhelmingly Democratic Legislature. Rather than giving in to a very vocal but scientifically challenged portion of his party’s base, the governor and Legislature supported SB4, a sweeping piece of legislation that strictly regulates fracking and other well-stimulation techniques. SB4 will be fully implemented in July 2015.

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