State Coastal Commission to investigate fracking in California waters

August 19, 2013

The state’s Coastal Commission is vowing to investigate reports of fracking in waters off the California coast.

Jason Hoppin of the Santa Cruz Sentinel wrote about the agency’s latest meeting, held last week.

“The decision came weeks after reports that the oil industry has fracked wells in federal waters off the coast, an activity that has drawn the attention of state lawmakers. Environmental groups also produced documents this week showing fracking has occurred on a dozen wells just off the coast of Long Beach, in state waters.

”We take our obligation to protect the marine environment very seriously and we will be looking at this very carefully,” said Charles Lester, executive director of the Coastal Commission.

The agency, which met this week in Santa Cruz, has clear oversight over oil production in state waters. But it also verifies federal approvals for compliance with state coastal regulations, though it has never held up a project.”



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