On September 11, 2013, the California Assembly passed a law attempting to regulate fracing in the state’s Monterey shale.

The bill, listed as Senate Bill 4 (SB 4), will go into effect on January 1, 2015. SB 4 will require companies to apply for a fracing permit, disclose what chemicals and well stimulation fluids they were using, and notify local residents and water authorities of their activities, as well as requiring groundwater monitoring and a plan to dispose of wastewater.

Governor Jerry Brown is expected to sign the bill as soon as Sept...

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