The Los Angeles Times reports that Gov. Jerry Brown's administration has released draft regulations for fracking, the controversial drilling process driving the nation's oil and gas boom. This after sustained pressure from state lawmakers and environmentalists
The proposed rules, released last week would require energy companies to disclose for the first time the chemicals they inject deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil. They also would have to reveal the location of the wells where they use the procedure.
Environmentalists and public health advocates in California have raised safety questions about the hundreds of chemicals used — many of them known carcinogens — and the potential for drinking water contamination.
Brown's draft rules for California will come under close scrutiny from his own constituency but also around the world as governments are asked for tight regulation and control on an industry where there has been very little up til now.