During discussion of AB1301 the "Bloom Bill" to halt fracking while regulations are put in place.
Got 3 votes in favor,
Grove & Bigelow voting NO.
Others a no vote. The bill needs two more votes, and they will call those votes when committee members return.
Assembly. Bloom says " DOGGR moving at glacial pace. It is fully expected that with moratorium in place regulation will speed up."
Steve Craig, Monterey County farmer "There is a lot of misinformation. DOGGR has had several years to come up with a place to regulate tracking, and also acid fracking. This issue needs regulation to protect our water resources." He told the story of why farmers are angry. 15,000 acre BLM sale of oil leases, right at juncture of water sources have farmers worried.
Chairman Chesebro, invokes that since 60 people wanting to speak in favor of bill, he asks that people only give their name & support.
Comments made from folks all over the state in support:
Summary of Berkeley Report titled "Reasons DOGGR is not protecting us"
"We don't need to be educated by big oil"
"Not same fracking that has gone on for 60 years"
"Clean water is California Liquid Gold .. not oil"
Stewards of the Earth from Ventura County.
"A reasonable cause to pause"
"I do not trust DOGGR to handle this alone"
"Look at states that have already halted this, think of something other than oil"
Folks speaking in oppostion of AB, 5 speakers in opposition.:
WEstern State PEtroleum Association
"Reg from DOGGR will evolve, you will see a different product to address some of the criticisms you have heard today"
Question for Ms. Carlson, statement that there had been 1000's of cases, can we get a list or a site. Ms. Carlson from CEnter for Biological diversity said it is a Propublica investigative report and she will happy to provide. Comm. Member Grove challenged why that report was not brought forward today, and whether there were any cases in California.