Source: http://www.lawyersandsettlements.com, April 21, 2013
By: Gordon Gibb
A California fracking lawsuit initiated at the beginning of the year seeks enforcement of existing California laws that require oversight of an increasingly controversial method of oil and gas extraction. The lawsuit, filed January 24 in Alameda County Superior Court, suggests the required oversight is not happening and that existing laws are not properly enforced.
Meanwhile, according to The San Francisco Chronicle (3/21/13), a bill from California Assemblyman Adrin Nazarian (D-Van Nuys) would block the process of fracking until at least 2018 while a committee comprised of state officials, environmentalists, farmers and representatives from the oil industry undertake an exhaustive study.
A separate bill, submitted by Senator Fran Pavley, would allow fracking to continue while such a fracking study is compiled. But the continuation of fracking hinges on a report completed and submitted by the end of 2015. Were that not to happen, then sanctions on fracking would ensue.
Fracking, which is properly known as hydraulic fracturing, is a process designed to release oil and natural gas reserves trapped in underground shale. Water and chemicals are pumped into drilled holes under intense pressure, fracturing the shale and releasing the oil and gas stores.
The controversy comes from allegations that fracking negatively impacts area wells and groundwater.…