Breitling Energy Daily Podcast #423

Oil and gas companies that are fracking off the southern California coast must report chemicals discharged into the ocean under a new rule released by federal environmental regulators.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published the requirement in the federal register, and will become effective March 1.

The move comes after a series of stories by The Associated Press last year revealed at least a dozen offshore frack jobs in the Santa Barbara Channel, and more than 200 in near-shore waters overseen by the state of California.

“This requirement was added in response to recent concerns regarding the potential effects of discharges of fluids used for offshore hydraulic fracturing operations,” the EPA said in its notice.

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