The Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) announced it will hold the first of three stakeholder workshops next week for input on the discussion draft regulations governing hydraulic fracking that it released in December. For more information about the discussion draft, see the December 19, 2012, post. The first workshop will be held on February 19 in Los Angeles. DOGGR also plans to hold workshops in Bakersfield and Sacramento. Information about the workshops is available at DOGGR’s homepage.
DOGGR emphasized in its announcement that the discussion draft regulations are not yet a part of a formal rulemaking process. Rather, DOGGR intends the discussion draft as a starting point for these discussions with stakeholders before it commences formal rulemaking.