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A new anti-hydraulic fracturing (fracking) legislative proposal (SB 1132) will be reviewed by the California Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee on Tuesday, its first hurdle. The proposal would undo and go beyond the state's months-old fracking law (SB 4) signed last fall and supported by the state senators who are now co-authoring the new legislation that would place a moratorium on fracking, if not drilling generally, in the state. If passed out of committee Tuesday, SB 1132 will be sent to the Senate Environmental Quality Committee. A spokesman for the Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) told NGI’s Shale Daily the industry opposes the bill while it is supporting the ongoing implementation of SB 4's tough new fracking rules by the state Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (see Shale Daily, Jan. 8).

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