Posted: Aug 15, 2013 1:21 AM
Updated: Aug 15, 2013 1:21 AM
LOS ANGELES (AP) California regulators are set to take up offshore fracking after revelations that the practice had quietly occurred off the coast since the late 1990s.
The Associated Press recently reported that the federal government has allowed hydraulic fracturing on at least a dozen occasions in the past and approved a new job earlier this year.
The California Coastal Commission added the issue to its agenda Thursday.
Fracking involves injecting huge quantities of water, sand and chemicals into rock formations to recover oil or gas. Companies that have fracked off the California coast have had mixed success stimulating oil into new production.
Since the work occurs more than three miles offshore, oversight falls to federal agencies. But state coastal regulators have some say if it affects marine life and water quality.