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Exposing unregulated fracking in California

February 2012

We put hydraulic fracturing on the map as an important environmental issue in California.    In February, we published an exposé documenting how California regulators had turned a blind eye to fracking for decades. Until we released this report, state regulators had denied that fracking was taking place in California. There were no regulations governing the practice and no state plans to issue any. 

EWG has been at the forefront of the effort to press the state of California to produce fracking regulations that protect health, the environment and the public’s right to know.  

The California Department of Conservation has admitted that fracking is occurring in the state and has promised to develop regulations to control pollution generated by the process.   

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