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Pavley fracking bill passes committee

Posted: April 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.
Updated: April 9, 2013 7:30 p.m.

Members of the state Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee voted 6-2 Tuesday to pass Senate Bill 4, which would require additional study and regulation on the process of hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking.

Fracking entails the high-speed injection of water or chemicals to fracture underground rocks in the hopes of freeing oil or natural gas deposits.

State Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills, introduced the bill to require companies that engage in fracking to obtain permits and disclose the chemicals they use in the process to state regulators.

Under current law, companies are not required to disclose where they employ fracking or what chemicals they use in the process.

Pavley, who has been a member of the state Legislature since 2000, is also the chairwoman of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

Pavley is the representative for California’s 27th Senate District, which includes western portions of the Santa Clarita Valley.



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