SB 786 3R - Energy Modernization Act

This bill fast-tracks the permitting process for hydraulic fracturing, commonly referred to as fracking. The legislation allows for more rapid approval of rules surrounding fracking permits, enabling permits to begin being issued as soon as spring of 2015. This bill also prohibits local governments from banning fracking in their locale, and protects companies from having to disclose the chemicals used in their fracking fluid. Civitas believes the conservative position is to allow for energy exploration within the proper protection of property rights, but without the undue burden of overzealous government restrictions. The Conservative Vote is Yes.