LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Members of the Los Angeles City Council are expected to consider a resolution calling for tougher regulations on local fracking activities when they return from recess next week.
In addition to regulations introduced in a State Senate bill, the resolution (PDF) introduced by Councilmember Bernard Parks calls for more clarity on how scientific studies are conducted, as well as increased transparency of information provided to the public before fracking operations are permitted.
Hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as fracking, is a method of extracting petroleum and gas used for energy from rock layers and shale.
Opponents say fracking may pose public health risks and lead to property damage, contaminated air and groundwater, and increased seismicity, which may trigger earthquakes.
Residents and city officials have voiced concern over potential risks stemming from current fracking operations in and around the communities of Baldwin Hills, Inglewood and Culver City.