Offshore fracking is getting more attention at the State Capitol.  

Hillary Aidun with the Center for Biological Diversity says it was the Senate Appropriations Committee's turn to consider a bill to ban fracking on Monday.

"We have 60 or 70 people from all over the state including folks from Butte County and Los Angeles to testify in support of the bill," she said. 

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is the process of drilling and injecting fluid into the ground at a high pressure in order to fracture shale rocks to release natural gas inside.  

Certain chemicals are used in fracking fluid, including known carcinogens and toxins such as uranium, radium, mercury and hydrochloric acid among others.