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Calif.’s Fracking Study To Set Stage For Legal Drama

Law360, San Diego (November 19, 2013, 9:04 PM EST) -- Following the California Department of Conservation's recent proposal of hydraulic fracturing regulations including plans to carry out a study on fracking’s environmental impacts on the state, lawyers say the study’s potential effects on individual permits and mitigation requirements could trigger legal fights between the oil and gas industry and conservation groups.

The agency issued draft rules Friday that would set up a new permitting regime for fracking and other well stimulation techniques, as well as require groundwater monitoring, public notification and disclosure of chemicals used in the process. While these rules are expected to go into effect in January 2015, the...

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