SB 1281 Will Provide the Tools California Needs to Manage Water Use by the Oil and Gas Industry
Oakland - Yesterday the Legislature passed SB 1281 (Pavley), which requires disclosure and reporting of water use by oil and gas drilling companies. The bill also requires the reporting and disclosure of wastewater disposal locations and methods. As the third largest oil producing state, and home to 17 refineries, California faces significant threats from drilling, fracking, and the transport of crude oil by rail. The passage of SB 1281 is one more step by the Legislature to protect California's families and communities from the impacts of fracking and other unconventional methods of oil extraction. Clean Water Action applauds Senator Fran Pavley for her leadership and encourages Governor Brown to sign SB 1281 as soon as possible.
Miriam Gordon, Clean Water Action's California Director, released the following statement.