California oil/natural gas officials will hold two day-long public workshops on draft discussion rules on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) established late last year. The first session conducted by the Division of Oil/Gas Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is set for Wednesday in Bakersfield, CA, dividing the draft rules into seven basic components and holding discussion and question-answer sessions on each during the day. A second session with a similar format will be held in Sacramento March 21. An initial workshop was held in Los Angeles Feb. 19 as part of DOGGR’s attempt to get widespread industry and general public input ahead of the start of the formal process for establishing a set of rules and guidelines for pre-fracturing well testing; advance notification; monitoring during and after fracturing operations; disclosure of materials used in fracturing fluid; trade secrets; and storage and handling of fracking fluids. Additional workshops are slated for the Santa Barbara and Monterey areas. The formal rules are not expected before next year.

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