California passes bill to strictly regulate oil well ‘fracking’

LA Times: A bill that would give California the nation's toughest regulation of a controversial oil drilling technique won easy passage Wednesday from the state Assembly. SB 4 by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) cleared the Assembly on a 47-17 vote and went back to the Senate for concurrence in amendments. The Senate previously passed it by a 28-11 vote. The measure had widespread support from most environmental groups, but they pulled their support just before the Assembly vote Wednesday. They argued......

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