Two important events will take place over the next ten days in California’s ongoing efforts to regulate the oil and gas well production stimulation technique of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”
First, on Tuesday, February 12, the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water and the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality will meet in joint session to conduct an informational hearing on the regulation of fracking in oil and gas production in California. The three-hour hearing begins at 9:30 a.m. PST in the John L. Burton Hearing Room, room 4203 of the State Capitol in Sacramento (map). An audio broadcast of the hearing will be available online.
A week later, on Tuesday, February 19, the Department of Conservation and the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources will conduct the first in a series of stakeholder workshops to receive input on the “discussion draft” of proposed fracking regulations (pdf) released December 18, 2012. We previously provided a detailed analysis of the proposed regulations here. The February 19 workshop will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. PST at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, located at 120 South Los Angeles Street (map). According to the meeting agenda (pdf), the morning session of the workshop will address provisions in the regulations for pre-fracturing well testing, advance notification, monitoring during and after fracking operations, and disclosure of materials used in fracking fluid. Following a lunch break, trade secrets, storage and handling of fracking fluids, and other topics not presently considered in the proposed regulations will be discussed. Future workshops will be conducted in Bakersfield and Sacramento, on dates and times yet to be announced.
Hinson Gravelle & Adair attorney Eric Adair will cover the February 12 hearing and the February 19 workshop and will provide updates here on the blog as warranted.