An Alternative View

An Alternative View

Santa Barbara View | April 23, 2014 | by Greg Sefain

A local ban is not necessary because the state has passed the strongest regulations in the country for hydraulic fracturing. Under Senate Bill 4, a law signed by Governor Brown last year, California has struck a balance between environmental protection and energy independence. The law requires pre-notice to surrounding land owners, mandatory public disclosure of the content of all chemicals used, well integrity testing before and after fracturing, regular testing of nearby drinking water sources, an independent, science-based study of hydraulic fracturing, and the development of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report.

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