Senate approves bill creating fracking regulations in Georgia

March 24, 2017
Feb. 23 2017 - Atlanta - House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun, speaks from the House well in support of a bill to create new regulations for fracking. Legislation approved in the state House on Thursday would create Georgia’s first new fracking regulations in a generation. The 23nd day of the 2017 Georgia General Assembly. BOB ANDRES /BANDRES@AJC.COM

A bill that creates new fracking regulations in Georgia gained unanimous approval in the Senate Friday.

House Bill 205, sponsored by House Rules Committee Chairman John Meadows, R-Calhoun, regulates an eight-county region in northwest Georgia prime for fracking — the process of drilling into the earth to extract oil and gas.

The bill, which was carried in the Senate by Chuck Hufstetler, R-Rome, provides the first updates to fracking regulations in Georgia since the state collected a $25 for the right to search for underground natural gas in 1975.

Because of changes made by a Senate committee, the bill now goes back to the House for review.

The March 24th edition of Georgia Legislative Week in Review with Aaron Gould Sheinin, Kristina Torres and the Phrase of the Week by James Salzer. Video by Bob Andres / bandres@ajc.com