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The Golden State may not be the one you generally associate with oil and natural gas. I too think of Hollywood and the movie "Vertigo" before oil ever crosses my mind.

But they do have energy production. California is the third oil-producing state in the country (don't worry, Texas is still number 1), and as such they've seen plenty of drilling and now the state's first fracking legislation is moving through the state legislature.

Just days after the EPA announced oil and natural gas well air pollution rules that, it seems, heeded industry lobbyists pressure to allow for delays, California's legislation has loop holes opening up in it, according to the LA Times.

The legislation, which would require fracking companies to disclose the chemicals used in the hydarulic fracturing process, stalled last year due to industry objections. The bill has now been altered to allow companies to disclose what they're using to frack wells with, but to keep some things back as "proprietary information."

Meanwhile, another bit of legislation requiring companies to notify people personally when there will be fracking in their neighborhood is also moving forward. Industry people are much less inclined to be for this legislation - they say the other one covers everything the public needs to know.

Last year, Texas passed a similar law to California's proposed disclosure regulation, and Colorado also has fracking disclosure on the books, both with the same sorts of loopholes.

Fracking has been around for a long time - as every industry insider will take the time to note - but advances in the technology have put it into use more than ever across the nation. It's interesting watching state and federal government begin to catch up with it, regulatory-wise.