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Assembly Passes Bill To Set Fracking Regulations

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The state Assembly has approved a series of rules for California oil and gas producers that use a drilling technique known as "fracking."

The bill from Democratic Sen. Fran Pavley of Agoura Hills would require drillers to seek permits, disclose the chemicals that are used during fracking and notify nearby landowners before they begin work.

Under SB4, state environmental officials also must complete a study evaluating potential risks. The technique involves injecting water, sand and chemicals into deep rock formations to release oil or natural gas.

Lawmakers speaking in favor of the bill said the growing scale of fracking means it needs more oversight. Opponents said more regulations would impede economic development.

The Assembly approved SB4 47-17 Wednesday, sending it back to the Senate for a final vote.

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