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The Department of Conservation is hosting a series of workshops to discuss the practice of hydraulic fracturing for production stimulation, commonly called “fracking.”  These workshops are to be conducted as part of a comprehensive information gathering process aimed at the development of regulations governing hydraulic fracturing.

Each workshop will begin with an overview of oil and gas production in California, including discussion of California’s geologic formations where oil and natural gas are found.  Existing well construction requirements and what those regulations protect against will follow.  The overview presentation will also focus on technical, non-policy aspects of hydraulic fracturing.

Following this overview, the Department will welcome public comment.  These workshops are intended as an information gathering exercise to advise the Department about specific public concerns regulations could address.

The workshop schedule follows, with emphasis placed on holding workshops in population centers in oil and natural gas producing areas.  Please check this webpage regularly for updates about times and locations.

 Community Date Time Street Address / Building 
 Bakersfield  May 16 7-9 p.m.  Kern County Board of Supervisors chambers, first floor, 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield, CA 93301 
 Ventura May 30  7-9 p.m. Ventura County Board of Supervisors chambers, 800 S. Victoria Ave., Ventura, CA 93009
 Culver City June 12  7-9 p.m.

City Council chambers, 9770 Culver Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232

 Long Beach June 13  7-9 p.m.
Calif. State University-Long Beach Student Union, 1212 N. Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90815 


 Salinas June 27 7-9 p.m. Santa Lucia room, Steinbeck Institute, 940 N. Main Street, Salinas, CA, 93906
 Santa Maria July 11 7-9 p.m. Santa Barbara County Bd. of Supervisors meeting room, 511 East Lakeside Parkway, Santa Maria, CA 93455
 Sacramento July 25 7-9 p.m.   California Environmental Protection Agency Headquarters, Byron Sher Auditorium, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

At the conclusion of the workshops, the Department intends to use input from the workshop series and from an independent scientific study of the practice of hydraulic fracturing to prepare draft regulations for circulation to interested and affected parties.  The Department will welcome further public comment on draft regulations as a part of the Rulemaking Process, a process that the Department hopes will start in the late Summer or early Fall, 2012.

If you have any comments regarding the workshops, please send those comments via email to: