SACRAMENTO -- State oil regulators have scheduled a series of public meetings to explain the Brown administration's proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing.
The draft regulations, which were released in December, represent California's first attempt to govern the controversial drilling process known as fracking.
The daylong meetings are set for Wednesday in Bakersfield and March 21 in Sacramento.
Although the proposed rules would require energy companies to disclose many of the chemicals they inject deep into the ground to break apart rock and release oil, some lawmakers and environmentalists have said the regulations should go further, including advance notice to nearby landowners and water monitoring around fracking operations.
Oil companies say they have used the technology safely for decades in California. Representatives from the energy industry support reporting requirements but are pushing provisions that would allow them to keep secret certain chemicals that they consider to be proprietary.