State lawmakers on a 5-3 vote approved a measure that puts some control for the first time on fracking operations in the state used to extract natural gas and oil. The Senate Natural Resources Committee April 10 passed Senator Fran Pavley\u2019s (D-Agoura Hills) measure, SB 1054, to require energy companies to notify property owners 30 days before launching fracking operations close to their property. There are no state regulations or systematic reporting requirements for fracking operations. But, in Los Angeles County, the Department of Regional Planning approves conditional-use permits. The county\u2019s Baldwin Hills area--with one of the largest oil fields in California--has established a Baldwin Hills Community Standards District. The district\u2019s regulations supplement the county\u2019s. Pavley said the notification was the \u201cnecessary first step to begin collecting data on fracking in California.\u201d The bill analysis adds, \u201cIt\u2019s a simple no surprises\u2019 policy to give the well\u2019s neighbors advance notice providing them with the option to take any precautionary measures they choose.\u201d Fracking involves the subsurface injection of water and other materials, including at times toxic materials, to access subterranean natural gas. It has been in use in California for many years but has not yet led to any reported serious contamination as it has in other parts of the country.