A bill submitted to the Arizona House today would prohibit hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") for oil and gas production. House Bill 2407 amends statutes of the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality to state that "A person may not engage in hydraulic fracturing in this state and may not collect, store or treat water in this state if that water is used in, generated by or resulting from the process of hydraulic fracturing."
Hydraulic fracturing is being blamed for earthquakes in Oklahoma, Kansas and other areas, when in fact the quakes are likely being caused by the deep underground injection of wastewater from oil and gas production in those regions, a practice common in the industry worldwide for decades. However, the use of hydraulic fracturing has resulted in increased water production.
A few exploration wells have been hydraulically fractured in Arizona in past decades but none in recent years, and none of the 16 or so producing wells in Arizona were fracked. There are no proposals to do so anywhere in the state. A permit to 'frack' requires approval from the Oil & Gas Conservation Commission and the Arizona Dept. of Environmental Quality.