Anyone who hoped that California would actually do something to protect wildlife, climate and public health from fracking was disappointed with extraordinarily weak draft rules issued by state regulators on Tuesday. Fracking is already widespread in California, and with the largest shale oil reserves in the country, the state is threatened with an impending fracking boom that could cause irreparable environmental damage.
The draft rules do little to reduce the risks. The Center for Biological Diversity's analysis of the proposal found that it provides little protection for air, water and climate; allows well operators to avoid disclosing the use of fracking chemicals; requires no direct notification for people with homes or drinking wells next to fracking wells; and allows public notification of fracking to come through an industry-run website.
"Because even a perfect regulatory system can't eliminate the risks fracking poses to our air, water and climate, the Brown administration should scrap its weak proposal and replace it with a simple prohibition on fracking," said the Center's Kassie Siegel.
Read our press release to see the five reasons the state's fracking proposal is fatally flawed.
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