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January 1, 2013 > Fracking disclosure bill

Fracking disclosure bill

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced a new bill on December 3, 2012 to require the public disclosure of chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process. AB 7 would also require details on the amount of water used in the fracking process and its disposition. It is WieckowskiÕs second attempt to focus more attention on the controversial process.

ÒThe public has a right to know the type of chemicals that are being pumped underground in case there is a leak or contamination,Ó Wieckowski said. ÒOur state has done a poor job of collecting this important information and the public is demanding answers.Ó

Under WieckowskiÕs AB 7, companies would be required to disclose a complete list of names, chemical numbers and maximum concentrations of each chemical used in the fracking process. Some of the billÕs requirements include the trade name, supplier, a brief description of the intended purpose of each additive contained in the hydraulic fracturing fluid, the total volume of carrier fluid used during hydraulic fracturing, the source, volume and disposition of all water used during the process and a comprehensive report from the Division of Oil and Gas to the Legislature by January 1, 2016.

In 2012, WieckowskiÕs fracking bill was held in the Senate Appropriations Committee but the controversy surrounding the lack of information at the state level helped push the Division of Oil and Gas to begin drafting regulations on hydraulic fracturing.

ÒI intend to craft this legislation to work in conjunction with the DivisionÕs regulations,Ó Wieckowski said. ÒCalifornians deserve a disclosure bill on fracking that is worthy of our stateÕs strong history of environmental protection.Ó

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