Regulated fracking is safe

Published: Friday, Jul. 5, 2013 - 5:07 am

Re "California's oil frontier brings promise, conflict" (Page A1, June 30): The article on the San Joaquin Valley focused on the concerns some residents have about hydraulic fracturing technology in particular and energy production in general.

While we believe those concerns are unwarranted, we recognize the petroleum industry in California has a responsibility to demonstrate that the technology is safe and that appropriate regulation and oversight is applied.

That's why we are working collaboratively with the State of California and the Legislature to develop comprehensive and balanced new regulations and legislation for hydraulic fracturing in California. Those new controls are almost certain to require disclosure of all chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing, prior notification to appropriate agencies before wells are fractured, increased levels of well and water testing and other tough new requirements.

The residents of Shafter and the rest of California can be assured hydraulic fracturing is going to remain a heavily regulated and supervised activity in California.

-- Catherine Reheis-Boyd, Sacramento, president of Western States Petroleum Association

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