On Wednesday, the Assembly Committee on Natural Resources rejected one of the remaining two bills this session that would have regulated hydraulic fracturing activities. The rejected bill, AB 7, was amended on the floor at the end of May and sent back to the Natural Resources Committee. As amended, AB 7 would have required approval of proposed fracking activities, notice to property owners, regional water quality board approval of the proposed wastewater disposal, and disclosures relating to fracking fluids.
Continue Reading Only One Fracking Bill Survives in the California Legislature

The California State Legislature was busy last week amending and voting on bills relating to hydraulic fracturing, including rejection of a moratorium. The Senate passed SB 4 with Senator Pavley’s announcement that she would remove the fracking moratorium provision to get the bill to the Assembly. With that change, there will be no surviving bills proposing a fracking moratorium this legislative session.
Continue Reading California Legislature Weeds out Fracking Bills and Rejects Moratorium

Yesterday, the California Assembly Committee on Natural Resources passed three bills that would impose new permitting and disclosure requirements on hydraulic fracturing operations. The Committee passed and referred these three bills, AB 288, AB 7 and AB 669, to the Committee on Appropriations.
Continue Reading Committee on Natural Resources Advances Three Bills to Increase Regulation of Fracking

On Monday, Assembly Members amended two bills relating to hydraulic fracturing – one increasing the scope of regulated activities and another allowing trade secret protection of related disclosures. Also this week, Senator Pavley’s amended SB 4 passed the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.
Continue Reading Amendments to California Bills Both Weaken and Strengthen Proposed Restrictions on Fracking

New bills were introduced in the state Assembly (AB 7) and Senate (SB 4) to require disclosure of the chemicals and the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing operations. This is at least the third attempt at fracking disclosure legislation, the last of which was tabled during the last session (see August 17 post).
Continue Reading Another Attempt at Fracking Disclosure Legislation in California