November 18, 2013 - State regulators released draft rules Friday that, for the first time, would require oil companies to apply for permission to perform hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," the controversial technique increasingly used by petroleum producers,and worry-some to protectors of the environment.

The proposed regulations call for a variety of measures ranging from groundwater monitoring and oil well pressure-testing, to public disclosure of chemicals used in fracking and other forms of well stimulation and notifying neighbors a month before fracking begins.