Senate Committee OKs Bill To Boost Regulation of Fracking
On Tuesday, a California Senate committee voted 6-2 to approve a bill (SB 4) that would tighten rules for the drilling process called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. Critics argue that fracking could cause public health risks by polluting public water supplies. The bill -- by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) -- would require state authorities to monitor and report on the public health and environmental effects of the drilling process.
- "Fracking Bill Passes CA Senate Committee" (White, "Capitol Alert," Sacramento Bee, 4/9).