For our readers who are keeping tabs on developments in the hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) industry, you may be interested in our recent “news flashes” concerning the fracking industry in California.
The first is regarding a bill, introduced last Thursday, February 27th, that would halt all types of fracturing both on- and off-shore California until the completion of a multiagency review of the economic, environmental and public health impacts. SB 1132 would not only halt the use of high pressure injection of water and fracturing fluids into oil and gas reservoirs, the process most often thought of as “fracking” by the public, but would also prevent the use of acids to enhance permeability in “pay zones” to increase the flow of oil and gas into wells until the report is finished. To view a PDF copy the news flash, click here.
Just one day later, on February 28th, the Los Angeles City Council’s unanimously voted to draft a new municipal ordinance banning hydraulic fracturing and other well-stimulation activities, such as acidizing, within the city confines. The ordinance would place a moratorium on “all activity associated with well stimulation, including, but not limited to, hydraulic fracturing, gravel packing, and acidizing, or any combination thereof, and the use of waste disposal injection wells.” The ordinance would make Los Angeles the only oil-producing city in California to ban hydraulic fracturing. The moratorium would remain in place until the city verifies that hydraulic fracturing will not harm public safety or compromise drinking water. The ordinance must still be drafted and is subject to additional public input before being presented to the City Council for a final vote. To view a PDF copy of this news flash, click here.