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Hydraulic Fracturing in California
Hydraulic Fracturing Draft Regulations – What Happens Next?
The California Department of Conservation and its Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources conducted five workshops in 2013 to hear public comments on the "discussion draft" of hydraulic fracturing regulations prior to the start of the formal rulemaking process. During 2012, seven workshops were held to gain public input on hydraulic fracturing. So, what happens next? All comments -- including those given orally or in writing at the workshops and those sent electronically via comment links on the Department and Division Web sites -- will be taken into consideration as the process of developing the first official draft of regulations moves forward. Once the next draft and the required supporting documents are complete, the Department will begin the formal rulemaking process. These next steps in the rulemaking process are expected to take several months, and the public can continue to submit comments during this time via the online links. There also will be an opportunity for public input during the formal rulemaking process.
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Members of the public who wish to comment about the “discussion draft” of regulations are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org
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