SACRAMENTO, Calif - Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill establishing what he calls strong "environmental protections and transparency requirements for hydraulic fracturing" in the state of California.
According to the Sacramento Bee Capitol Alert:
Brown took the unusual step of declaring his support for the bill with final legislative votes still pending, and on Friday he followed through by signing Senate Bill 4, by Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Agoura Hills.
In a signing message, Brown said he would seek additional "clarifying amendments" to the legislation and would direct the California Department of Conservation "to develop an efficient permitting program for well stimulation activities that groups permits together based on factors such as known geologic conditions and environmental impacts, while providing for more particularized review in other situations when necessary."