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Brown Backs State's Fracking Regulators, Promises Deliberative Process

Jerry Brown
Andrew Nixon
Capital Public Radio
California Governor Jerry Brown (file photo)

California Governor Jerry Brown says he supports the people he’s put in charge of regulating the process of extracting oil and natural gas known as hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.”  He says California’s fossil fuel deposits have “extraordinary” potential.

Some legislative Democrats and environmental groups have raised safety concerns about fracking.  Brown told reporters in San Francisco today that he’s confident his administration will handle all safety and regulatory questions as they come up.

“They’ll be decided based on science, based on common sense and based on a deliberative process that listens to people – but also wants to take advantage of the great opportunities we have in this state,” said Brown.

Brown spoke at an event with U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, at which they announced two new renewable energy projects in eastern Riverside County.

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