Today’s Top Story:
Measure P, a local ballot initiative that would prohibit some forms of oil extraction in Santa Barbara County, is one of the most expensive local ballot initiatives in California history. In total, energy companies have poured $7.6 million into the campaign against Measure P. Supporters have raised about $300,000. (Washington Post)
Santa Barbara fracking ban proposal draws millions in oil and gas industry spending spending
A local ballot initiative in Santa Barbara that would prohibit some forms of energy extraction, including hydraulic fracturing, has attracted the attention of the oil and gas industry — making it one of the most expensive local ballot initiatives in history.
Measure P Pits Environmentalists Against Oil Industry
On the November ballot Measure P is an ordinance prohibiting certain petroleum operations. It asks voters whether Santa Barbara County should amend its Comprehensive Plan and County Code–to prohibit equipment supporting certain petroleum operations.
La Habra Heights group racing to place oil drilling, fracking ban on March 3 ballot
Whittier Daily News
As an anti-oil group races against time to place an initiative, which would ban new oil wells and fracking, on the March 3 City Council ballot, the City Council has taken steps to help speed up the process.
Refiners grapple with crude by rail’s reputation ($)
Tom Frantz, president of the Association of Irritated Residents, is irritated. The 64-year-old retired schoolteacher lives on a farm in Kern County, Calif., near where Alon USA Energy Inc. plans to restart a mothballed refinery with cheap domestic crude shipped by rail.
Berkeley Earthquake Expert Links Fracking To Quakes On The ‘Tectonic Timebomb’
CBS San Francisco
As the Bay Area marked the 25th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake on Friday, there was no shortage of reminders of the power of Mother Nature and the promise of other big quakes to come.