California’s DOGGR “Pre-Rule Making Discussion Draft” Regulations Fail to Address Even the Most Basic Fracking Dangers
Statement from Kristin Lynch, Pacific Region Director of Food & Water Watch
SAN FRANCISCO—“With proposed regulations, which took nearly a year to draft, today the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) proves that it has no intention to move beyond the lawless Wild West when it comes to fracking in our state, leaving us at the mercy of the oil and gas industry.
“DOGGR’s draft regulations will do nothing to protect Californians from the dangers fracking poses to our air, water and climate. It does not address the federal environmental and health legislative exemptions the oil and gas industry currently enjoys, including the key exemption to the Safe Drinking Water Act. Nor does it provide meaningful chemical disclosure requirements and it would have the industry police itself by evaluating and monitoring its fracking operations for safety. The ‘regulations’ proposed are akin to having state speeding regulations where automobile drivers are expected contact law enforcement on their own volition if they break the posted speed limit at any given time.”
Contact: Anna Ghosh, aghosh(at)fwwatch(dot)org, 415-293-9905