Sen. Fran Pavley's hydraulic fracturing regulation bill will get a final hearing Friday before an Assembly committee, according to the Sacramento Business Journal.
SB 4 "provides a comprehensive statutory framework for fracking and acidization as part of a general well stimulation regulation in California," according to a fact sheet provided by Pavley's office,
In addition, the bill would require that the Natural Resources Agency commission a scientific study on the safety of fracking to be finished by Jan. 1, 2015. If the study is not completed by the deadline, the issuance of fracking permits would be suspended until it is finished.
Environmental activists are against the bill and want a halt to the oil drilling practice.