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Brown Says He’ll Sign California Bill Regulating Fracking

California Governor Jerry Brown said he’ll approve regulations for hydraulic fracturing criticized by environmental groups as the state prepares for development of the largest shale-oil reserves in the U.S.

The third-largest oil-producing state, under a bill approved yesterday, would for the first time require permits to inject millions of gallons of chemically treated water underground to break up rock. Energy companies would also have to disclose the ingredients in fracking fluid and notify nearby landowners of their plans.