Lawmakers could implement heavier regulations for off-shore fracking

Offshore fracking could soon endure heavier regulations.

Over the years, oil producers have become increasingly interested in the area just off the coast of Southern California. As a result, fracking has increased significantly, which may ultimately prompt more advanced environmental review and stricter regulations. 

According to the Associated Press, residents and environmental groups have expressed concern over this trend and have asked regulators to step in and offer their own official review. This would likely lead to new laws and restrictions pertaining to the practice. This is part of a concentrated effort to focus more on off-shore fracking, as most environmentalists have geared their work toward reviewing projects that occur on land, according to the AP.

Because the attention on fracking has been so heavily geared toward on-land operations, many industry professionals and researchers believe there is not enough data to determine the effects of off-shore fracking. 

"This is a significant data gap, and we need to know what the impacts are before offshore fracking becomes widespread," Samantha Joye, a marine scientist at the University of Georgia, said to the AP.

Now that this issue is receiving more widespread coverage, it's feasible to believe that surveillance of off-shore oil production will only increase. That means companies will need to ensure they are following best practices in regards to both efficient and safe production.

Obtaining the right oil production equipment will go a long way toward improving an organization's operations, which can alleviate the risk of violating any new regulations. It can also ensure that producers are operating at a level of efficiency needed to be successful in a competitive market.