SB 4

ENVIRONMENTAL GROUPS DENOUNCE CHANGES IN FRACKING BILL, ASK GOVERNOR TO ISSUE MORATORIUM

 

By Miriam Raftery

 (September 14, 2013) – The Natural Resources Defense Council, Clean Water Action and California League of Conservation Voters are calling on the California leaders to fix newly passed California fracking legislation (SB 4) because the bill contains “dangerous amendments that undermine both critical safeguards to protect Californians from the dangers of fracking as well as foundational state environmental review processes,” a press release issued by the groups on September 12 states. 

A moratorium on fracking was removed and the revised version merely requires reporting of chemicals in fracking fluids, but would allow fracking to continue.  Fracking requires injecting water, sand and chemicals into deep rock formations to release oil or natural gas. Serious questions have also been raised about contamination of millions of gallons of water, a commodity in scarce supply already in California.