SACRAMENTO (KCBS) — A landmark bill regulating hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” is expected to win final approval in the state Senate on Thursday. Governor Jerry Brown says he will sign it into law, but the state’s major environmental groups no longer support the bill.
The fracking bill, SB4, saw some last-minute amendments pushed by the oil and gas industry.
There was no chance to pass a bill banning fracking during this Senate session, so environmentalists had time to make sure SB4 contained permit requirements, groundwater monitoring and other safeguards. However, Bill Allayaud with the Environmental Working Group said it was amended to water down the review process at the 11th hour.
“We felt that some of the words had gone too far, that they give too much leeway to the Division of Oil and Gas to do environmental reviews,” Allayaud said.