The bill would require oil and gas and well and facility owners or operators to report to the Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resourcesthe volume, source, and use of all freshwater, recycled water, and treated water, and would require the division to make that information publicly available. The bill would also require reporting of wastewater disposal methods and volumes.
Update: SB 1281 has passed the Senate and will now go the Assembly.
This bill would prohibit fracking, acidizing and other oil and gas well stimulation in California. The bill would expand the statewide study already in progress to include additional elements, including evaluating various potential direct, indirect, and cumulative health and environmental impacts of onshore and offshore well stimulation and well stimulation treatment-related activities. The bill would prohibit all well stimulation treatments until the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency convenes a committee to review the scientific study, and the Governor issues findings that specify measures are in place to ensure that well stimulation treatments do not pose a risk to, or impairment of, the public health and welfare or to the environmental and economic sustainability of the state.
Update: SB 1132 failed on the Senate floor with a final vote of 16-16. Click the link above for a final vote count. Click HERE to read our release on the failure of SB 1132.