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The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors voted yesterday to start preparing for the passage of Measure P, an initiative that would ban fracking and steam injection if voters approve it in November. The board directed county staff to start drafting ordinances and amendments to the general plan to protect the county from expensive litigation. Santa Ynez Valley News
Opponents of Measure P say that the county could potentially be liable for billions of dollars if courts decide that the ban amounts to a ‘taking’ of private property. Supporters of the ban say the companies are threatening to sue as a scare tactic and do not actually have a legal basis for their claims. KSBY
County Supervisors vote to move forward with Measure P ordinances, amendments
Santa Ynez Valley News
After listening to the comments of more than two dozen people Tuesday morning, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors directed county staff to begin preparing for the implementation and legal fallout of Measure P, a November ballot measure designed to prohibit the use of high-intensity oil and gas extraction techniques in the county, should it pass.
‘Biggest exposure county will ever have,’ SB County lawyer on potential liability of fracking ban
If voters ban fracking and other types of enhanced oil production methods, Santa Barbara County lawyers say it could open the door to numerous lawsuits. Proponents of Measure P say oil companies and people who stand to lose money are threatening to sue as a scare tactic.
Santa Barbara County prepares for possible passage of Measure P
KCBX (Randol White)
Santa Barbara County will begin work on the process for implementing a ban on certain forms of oil and gas drilling, should Measure P pass this November. The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously at a special meeting Tuesday to start the process.
L.A. Councilman Mitchell Englander pushes for environmental review of oil drilling site near Porter Ranch
L.A. Daily News
Councilman Mitchell Englander is urging the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning to conduct a thorough environmental review, including an environmental impact report, of a proposed drilling plan in Aliso Canyon.
30-day fracking study puts off public vote to 2016
ChicoER (Roger Aylworth)
A decision to do a 30-day study on what an initiative banning hydraulic fracturing would mean to Butte County will effectively keep the measure off the ballot until June 2016. On a 4-1 vote, with Chico Supervisor Maureen Kirk the lone nay, the Board of Supervisors directed county staff to investigate what the initiative, sponsored by “Frack Free Butte County,” will actually do.