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AB-1301 Oil and gas: hydraulic fracturing.(2013-2014)

As Amends the Law Today


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

 “Hydraulic fracturing” means a technique used in preparing a well that typically involves the pressurized injection of water and chemicals, compounds, and materials into an underground geologic formation in order to expand existing fractures or create new fractures in that formation, thereby causing or enhancing the production of oil or gas from a well. Hydraulic fracturing shall include the terms “fracking,” “hydrofracking,” “hydrofracturing,” “unconventional shale drilling,” and other colloquial terms referencing this drilling technique.

SEC. 2.

 Section 3203.5 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

 (a) Notwithstanding any other law, hydraulic fracturing operations are prohibited.
(b) This section shall remain in effect until the Legislature enacts subsequent legislation that determines whether and under what conditions hydraulic fracturing may be conducted while protecting the public health and safety and the natural resources of the state.
SEC. 3.
 No reimbursement is required by this act pursuant to Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution because the only costs that may be incurred by a local agency or school district will be incurred because this act creates a new crime or infraction, eliminates a crime or infraction, or changes the penalty for a crime or infraction, within the meaning of Section 17556 of the Government Code, or changes the definition of a crime within the meaning of Section 6 of Article XIII B of the California Constitution.