A number of environmental activist groups have proposed an all-out ban on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in the state of California.
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What’s the Problem?
June 17, 2016 – The environmental groups scored a victory this week in Butte County, where a ballot ban on hydraulic fracturing passed with over 70% of the vote, according to Politico.
“It’s been really a community organizing triumph as much as anything else,” said Ken Fleming said, an organizer with Frack-Free Butte County. “The message was pretty clear: Do you wanna trust the oil companies, or do you wanna make sure to continue to have clean water? I think that question was a pretty clear result.”
Monterey County, one of California’s largest oil-producing regions, will vote on a similar ballot initiative this November to ban fracking.
The anti-fracking group Protect Monterey County wants oil wells in the area to be sealed off permanently, which may be more likely after this week’s vote in Butte County. Monterey has even received attention from former presidential contender Bernie Sanders, who traveled there recently to speak out against the fracking process.
“California is in a midst of a five-year drought. Cities and towns around the state have been required to reduce their consumption of water by 25%,” Sanders said. “In my view, it makes zero sense to talk about the urgent need to conserve water on one hand and then give big gas companies a green light to use huge amounts of water through hydraulic fracking on the other hand. I hope very much that Monterey County continue[s] the momentum and makes it clear that fracking is not safe and not what we need for our people.”
California has a history of oil and gas extraction going back to the late 1800s. Although the industry declined in the 1980s, new techniques like hydraulic fracturing began being implemented which made unrecoverable oil deposits easier to extract. However, with the advanced techniques came new regulations and a pushback from many California residents who want to stop fracking altogether.
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