Companies that frack the seafloor off the coast of Southern California have some new federal rules to worry about. Unfortunately, the new rules will still allow their fracking fluids to be unleashed into the sea -- including chemicals that are known to stunt human development and hurt wildlife. The companies will just have to tell the government what they're unleashing.
Under new rules that will take effect March 1, the companies must report the "chemical formulation, concentrations and discharge volumes" to the EPA of any "chemicals used to formulate well treatment, completion and workover fluids" that end up in the ocean.
So, hey, at least we'll know more about fracking pollution. (Assuming, that is, that the frackers are honest.)