State Officials To Hold Workshop In Ventura On Proposed Regulation Of Controversial Oil, Gas Extraction Process

Posted on Monday, May 21, 2012 12:06am

State officials are holding a workshop in Ventura May 30th, to get public comments on their efforts to try to regulate the controversial underground oil, and gas extraction process known as “fracking”.

The procedure involves the use of water, or other liquids being pumped underground at high pressure to extract trapped oil, and gas reserves.

The issue has been a controversial one in Santa Barbara County, where some ranchers in the northern part of the county were upset to find out the process has been used in their area.

The State Department of Conservation will have a workshop on this issue Wednesday night, at the Ventura County Government Center. The 7 to 9 p.m. on the 30th will start with an overview of oil, and gas production in the state, and a review of existing regulations.

State officials will then take public comments on their concerns about the issue. The information from the Ventura, and six other similar meetings will be used by state officials to try to develop some fracking regulations.

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