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NRDC: Governor Brown Signs Compromised Fracking Bill, Vowing to Fix it
Moratorium Needed While Risks Assessed

SACRAMENTO (September 23, 2013) – Governor Brown signed fracking bill SB 4 into law late last Friday afternoon. The bill was undermined by last-minute amendments at the end of this year’s legislative session and needs corrective amendments, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). 

Statement from Annie Notthoff, NRDC California Advocacy Director:

“As a majority of Californians agree – a moratorium on fracking is needed until the state has fully evaluated fracking’s risks.  In the meantime, these new fracking regulations need to be fixed, which Governor Brown himself acknowledged as he signed them into law.  We need Governor Brown to hold true to his promise and correct these eleventh-hour amendments in next year’s legislative session.  Regardless, we need a moratorium enacted now because we have not yet fully assessed how fracking will affect California’s air, water and communities. The people of California deserve no less.”


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