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Recommendations on Model Criteria for Groundwater Sampling, Testing, and Monitoring of Oil and Gas Development in California

Harry R. Beller, Susan A. Carroll, John A. Cherry, Jan Gillespie, Robert B. Jackson, Preston Jordan, Vic Madrid, Joseph P. Morris, Beth L. Parker, William T. Stringfellow, Charuleka Varadharajan, Avner Vengosh | June 1, 2015
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In California Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, 2013; hereafter referred to as “SB4”), the California legislature found and declared that protecting the state’s groundwater for beneficial use, particularly sources and potential sources of drinking water, is of paramount concern. Access to safe drinking water is a major issue for California, especially to its disadvantaged communities. State policy is that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes (Chapter 524, Statutes of 2012 (Assembly Bill 685, Eng)). SB4 further found and declared that strategic, scientifically based groundwater monitoring of the state’s oil and gas fields is critical to allaying the public’s concerns regarding well stimulation treatments of oil and gas wells.

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In California Senate Bill 4 (Pavley, 2013; hereafter referred to as “SB4”), the California legislature found and declared that protecting the state’s groundwater for beneficial use, particularly sources and potential sources of drinking water, is of paramount concern. Access to safe drinking water is a major issue for California, especially to its disadvantaged communities. State policy is that every human being has the right to safe, clean, affordable, and accessible water adequate for human consumption, cooking, and sanitary purposes (Chapter 524, Statutes of 2012 (Assembly Bill 685, Eng)). SB4 further found and declared that strategic, scientifically based groundwater monitoring of the state’s oil and gas fields is critical to allaying the public’s concerns regarding well stimulation treatments of oil and gas wells.

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Keywords:

fracking, Groundwater Exchange, hydraulic fracturing, monitoring, oil and gas, water quality