Updated on Nov. 18 at 12 p.m.: The Center for Biological Diversity sued the federal government for permitting offshore fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel and along the California Coast, alleging that it did not perform a proper environmental assessment. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Nov. 15, seeks a court Read More →
It would cripple the oil industry, a mainstay of the North County economy, and deprive the county of more than $16 million in annual revenue — most of which supports our schools. It would expose taxpayers to losses of tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in “takings” lawsuits. And sadly, it’s all based on misunderstandings and misinformation.
As the country with the largest per capita emissions in the world, the United States must get serious about addressing climate change if we are to not face truly catastrophic impacts.
Measure P would ban the use of techniques such as hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and acid stimulation, which aren’t currently in use in the county. But it would also ban practices such as cyclic steaming, which is in use at about one-third of Santa Barbara County’s nearly 1,200 wells.
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Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are separately weighing whether they need new fracking rules.
On one side of the argument is jobs and America’s manufacturing resurgence. On the other is fracking and its environmental impact.