On Tuesday, state regulators released draft rules for hydraulic fracturing, a controversial drilling technique known as fracking. Energy companies hope the new rules will give them the green light to tap into previously inaccessible oil reserves. But environmental groups say fracking contaminates groundwater, pollutes the air and even induces earthquakes. We’ll discuss the benefits and risks of fracking, as well as the proposed regulations.
Lauren Sommer, science and environment reporter for KQED Public Radio
Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association
Bill Allayaud, California director of government affairs with the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit environmental advocacy group
Kathleen McGinty, senior vice president and managing director of Strategic Growth for Weston Solutions, Inc. and former secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection