Discussion "draft" of California hydraulic fracturing regulations released

The Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) on December 18, 2012 released a “discussion draft” of regulations for the oil and natural gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). What does “discussion draft” mean? It means that this version does not kick off the formal rulemaking process. Instead, it is a starting point for discussion by key stakeholders – industry, the environmental community, and other regulators, as well as interested members of the public – in preparation for the more formal process, which probably will begin in early 2013. These “discussion draft” regulations include provisions for pre-fracturing well testing; advance notification; monitoring during and after fracturing operations; disclosure of materials used in fracturing fluid; trade secrets; and storage and handling of hydraulic fracturing fluids.

Text of the “discussion draft” of regulations

Narrative/background about the development of the “discussion draft” regulations

Frequently-asked questions

The Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources hydraulic fracturing information page

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