The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to enact a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing. The council directed the city attorney to draft an ordinance banning fracking. "We cannot continue to allow the safety of our neighborhoods to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling," said Councilmember Michael Bonin.
Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, is questioning the Environmental Protection Agency's planned review of the drinking-water effects of hydraulic fracturing. "I am concerned that the EPA has failed to include a risk assessment as part of this study, instead choosing to simply identify potential risk without providing any context or consideration of their likelihood," Smith said. Such an approach affects the study's objectivity, he added.
The Environmental Protection Agency drew up several recommendations for New York regulators as the state prepares rules for hydraulic fracturing. State regulators should set parameters for radioactivity in natural gas-drilling wastewater delivered to public treatment facilities and create a Geographic Information System-based map that displays permitted gas-well sites, the EPA said.
Duke University held a workshop this week on the potential economic benefits and the environmental and health effects of hydraulic fracturing. The effort comes as North Carolina's Department of Environment and Natural Resources is reviewing whether the state should allow fracking.
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., said he will support a bill that would require natural gas drillers to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. "Pennsylvanians have a right to know what is being injected into the ground at thousands of sites across the commonwealth," he said. But Kathryn Klaber, head of the Marcellus Shale Coalition, said companies have nothing to conceal and do not oppose disclosure.