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AB-982 Oil and gas: hydraulic fracturing.(2013-2014)



SECTION 1.

 Section 3017 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

3017.
 “Hydraulic fracturing” means the injection of fluids or gases into an underground geologic formation with the intention to cause or enhance fractures in the underground geologic formation, in order to cause or enhance the production of oil or gas from a well. Alternate terms include, but are not limited to, “fracking,” “hydrofracking,” and “hydrofracturing.”

SEC. 2.

 Section 3203.1 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

3203.1.
 (a) As part of any notice of intent to drill, rework, or deepen a well where hydraulic fracturing will occur, the operator shall provide a groundwater monitoring plan for review and approval by the appropriate regional water quality control board. The groundwater monitoring plan shall include, at a minimum, all of the following information:
(1)  The current water quality of the groundwater basin through which the well will be drilled that is sufficient to characterize the quality of the aquifer and identify the zone of influence of the proposed well.
(2) Water quality data or a plan to obtain data regarding the presence and concentration of the constituents to be used in, or that can be influenced by, the drilling process.
(3) A plan that includes sites for monitoring wells, which will allow the detection of contamination associated with well operation during and after the period of its active use.
(4) An emergency monitoring plan that will be implemented in the case of well casing failure or any other event which has the potential to contaminate groundwater.
(b) Water quality monitoring data shall be submitted electronically to the State Water Resource Control Board geotracker database and any public data registry identified by the division for disclosure of hydraulic fracturing data.
(c) This section shall not apply if the appropriate regional water quality control board confirms that the proposed well will not penetrate or will not be located within the zone of influence of an aquifer that is designated for a beneficial use.

SEC. 3.

 Section 3203.2 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

3203.2.
 Any notice of intent to drill, rework, or deepen a well where hydraulic fracturing will occur, shall include all of the following information:
(a) A description of the estimated quantity of water planned to be used in the hydraulic fracturing process.
(b) The source or sources of the water to be used.