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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
9 am — 4 pm
The Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) will conduct the first of several stakeholder workshops to receive input on the “discussion draft” regulations on February 19 in Los Angeles. The meeting will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the downtown Doubletree Hotel, 120 South Los Angeles Street. Workshops will also be held in Bakersfield and Sacramento, with dates, times and locations to be announced soon. The actual “discussion draft regulations” and other material can be found on the Department’s home page, http://www.conservation.ca.gov/Index/Pages/Index.aspx.
The Department of Conservation/Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources on December 18, 2012 released a “discussion draft” of regulations for the oil and natural gas production technique known as hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”). What does “discussion draft” mean? It means that this version does not begin the formal rulemaking process. Instead, it is a starting point for discussion by key stakeholders – industry, the environmental community, other regulators, and interested members of the public – in preparation for the more formal process. These “discussion draft” regulations include provisions for pre-fracturing well testing; advance notification; monitoring during and after fracturing operations; disclosure of materials used in fracturing fluid; trade secrets; and storage and handling of hydraulic fracturing fluids.