California's New Fracking Rules: Too Little, Too Early?

On Dec. 30, 2014, California regulators released new state rules for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking.

State regulators and members of industry have repeatedly hailed the rigorous rules, which go into effect July 1. Dr. Steven Bohlen, California's state oil-and-gas supervisor, called them "as strict or stricter than any other state's."

But some local scientists and environmentalists counter that the rules fall short, noting gaps in coverage and problems with the rulemaking process.

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