California regulations block state shale oil boom -Republicans

California regulations block state shale oil boom -Republicans

Reuters | April 04, 2014 | by Reuters

California had the third-largest U.S. oil output in 2013, narrowly ahead of Alaska, but could produce far more if the state aggressively moved to develop its energy resources, lawmakers said at a House Natural Resources committee hearing.

“The challenge now is not our ability to find it, it’s the ability of government allowing us to be able to produce it in a sound way,” said Republican Kevin McCarthy, who represents California’s oil-producing Kern county.

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