Let science guide rules for fracking

Let science guide rules for fracking

Santa Rosa Press Democrat | November 17, 2014 | by San Jose Mercury News Editorial Board

California has accepted that challenge, thanks largely to Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, one of the most trusted environmentalists in the Legislature. In 2013, lawmakers passed her SB 4, which is widely regarded as the toughest fracking regulation in the nation. The law requires drillers to notify nearby property owners 30 days before any fracking takes place, disclose the chemicals being used — no trade-secret excuses — and test groundwater before and after fracking. The key component of the legislation, however, is the peer-reviewed, independent study of the environmental impact of fracking now under way by the California Council for Science and Technology and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

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