New California Fracking Regulations Proposed

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Last week, the California Department of Conservation released a draft of new regulations for hydraulic fracturing. "Fracking," as the technique is often called, is a controversial method of oil-retrieval that injects water, sand and chemicals into the soil. We'll discuss the proposed regulations, and what they could mean for California's economy and environment.

At the close of this segment, Michael Krasny took a moment to remember Raul Ramirez, executive producer of Forum for over 20 years. Ramirez passed away on Friday, November 15.


Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter for KQED Public Radio

Bill Allayaud, California director of government affairs for the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy group

Suzanne Noble, vice president of the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA), a petroleum trade association

Jason Marshall, chief deputy director, California Department of Conservation