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Calif. Releases Initial Fracking Regulations


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Workers chat at a gas drilling rig exploring the Marcellus Shale near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.
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Workers chat at a gas drilling rig exploring the Marcellus Shale near Waynesburg, Pennsylvania.

On Tuesday, state regulators released draft rules for hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling technique known as fracking. Energy companies hope the new rules will give them the green light to tap into previously inaccessible oil reserves. But environmental groups say fracking contaminates groundwater, pollutes the air and even induces earthquakes. We'll discuss the benefits and risks of fracking, as well as the proposed regulations.

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • Bill Allayaud, California director of government affairs with the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy group
  • Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association
  • Kathleen McGinty, senior vice president and managing director of Strategic Growth for Weston Solutions, Inc. and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter for KQED Public Radio

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