EPA to require Calif. offshore fracking reports

Jan 09, 2014

Federal environmental regulators will start requiring oil and gas operations off the Southern California coast to report chemicals discharged into the ocean from fracking.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday published the requirement in the federal register, and will become effective March 1.

The move comes after a series of stories by The Associated Press revealed at least a dozen fracking operations in the Santa Barbara Channel, and more than 200 in overseen by the state of California.

The jobs were conducted with no separate environmental analysis of the fracking chemicals on the sea environment, and little or no oversight.

Fracking involves pumping large amounts of sand, water and chemicals deep underground to release oil.

The insists fracking does not harm the environment.

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Federal environmental regulators will start requiring oil and gas operations off the Southern California coast to report chemicals discharged into the ocean from fracking.


Why just there. Shouldn't the *Frackers* be required to report chemical discharges anywhere? Seriously; if these slum divers came into your neighborhood, wouldn't you want to know what crap they were sinking in your back yard?

We already have W.Virginia to look at what happens when the frackers have free unregulated abilities to toxify whole rivers and landscapes! (Actually how can that much methanol be stored right next to a river without some catch basin? What are the regulations with regards to a water soluble chemical like X-X-methanol storage next to a major water source?) It boggles the mind that republicans support this crap an oppose EPA funding to shut it down.