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California's Fracking Regulatory Bill: Less Than Zero

• Common Dreams

Fourteen years and one thousand doctors visits later, his neuromuscular disorder hasn’t been specifically diagnosed. He survives on painkillers and sleep aids.

Gless’s backyard overlooks the Inglewood Oil Field, the largest urban oil field in the nation. Big Oil’s been secretly fracking in the middle of th community of 300,000 residents for nine years.

Many of Gless’s neighbors also suffer from neurological, autoimmune and respiratory diseases and several types of cancers. Many have died. Peoples’ homes and pools are cracking.

None of these people will be helped by passage of the only fracking bill still alive in California’s legislature: Senate Bill 4. That’s because the regulations in SB 4 do nothing to actually make fracking safer.

It sets up a process for notification, disclosure, monitoring and permitting and calls for future regulations by other agencies and a scientific study.

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