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The California State Assembly recently passed legislation over the issue of hydraulic fracturing that supporters are calling “among the most stringent fracking laws in the country.” The bill was passed on the Assembly floor last week and is now headed into a state Senate committee, reported the Associated Press. The new proposed legislation would regulate natural gas drilling and possibly force companies to disclose the chemicals used during the process.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, involves pumping a mixture of chemicals, water and sand thousands of feet underground to release trapped oil and gas.

The Department of Conservation’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR), which oversees drilling, require that companies obtain drilling permits. However, the department admitted to not knowing where or the frequency of hydraulic fracturing in the state claiming budget constraints prevented the development of drilling regulations.

This admission was promoted by Senator Fran Pavley who stated, “I was surprised and actually shocked at their continuous response that since there are no reporting requirements they’re not able to answer any of those questions including the amount of water used, impacts on water quality, the chemicals used, as well as where fracking is occurring.”

Industry officials claim the concerns over hydraulic fracturing are “overblown,” reported the AP. They also noted that hydraulic fracturing occurring in California differs from others states such as Pennsylvania. They claim the practice is “done at greater depths farther away from the water table and uses less of the water and chemical mixture overall,” reported the AP.

Those in support of the practice say fluids used are comprised mostly of water and only .5 percent chemicals. Despite the low percentage, the chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing have been reported to be hazardous. Residents in Los Angeles’ Baldwin Hills say drilling caused various health problems and made their homes shift and crack.

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