Sunday, March 17, 2013

Public Vets State Fracking Rules at Bakersfield Meeting

The California Department of Conservation has issued draft rules for hydraulic fracturing operations that are currently under public review. The process known as Fracking has become controversial due to a broad array of environmental concerns where oil development has occurred in recent years. A recent auction of 18 thousand acres of mineral leases on federal land in the Monterey Shale formation in Central California has kindled speculation of an oil boom. State regulators held a workshop in Bakersfield on Wednesday to gather input from the public. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports.