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Monterey County Planning to Adopt Weak Ordinance on Fracking
The Monterey County Planning Department will present what it calls an "interim fracking ordinance" to the Planning Commission on Wednesday, April 30th. The ordinance serves to regulate but not stop fracking. According to Monterey County Against Fracking, the regulations mean that fracking will continue to expand. "[The] Regulations do not go far enough to protect our people, our water, our economy, our climate. To protect us and our livelihoods, fracking must stop altogether," the group said.
The Planning department staff recommends the Planning Commission adopt an ordinance that will ban fracking in residential districts, but will allow fracking elsewhere, including the re-stimulation of old wells using newer well stimulation techniques:
1) remove subsections that allow the exploration for and the removal of oil and gas with a use permit in residential districts; 2) change the appropriate hearing body from the Zoning Administrator to the Planning Commission for permits proposing the exploration for and removal of oil and gas; 3) require a use permit for the utilization of well stimulation treatments on new and existing wells; and 4) define new terms.
Monterey County Against Fracking is asking for a full show of support on April 30th to let the Monterey County Board of Supervisors know that a moratorium on fracking is needed until the risks are understood.
"We want a 45-day period for public review and comment before the ordinance is presented to the Board of Supervisors for adoption."
Monterey County Planning Commission, Wednesday, April 30, 2014, 9:00 a.m.
Monterey County Government Center – Board of Supervisors Chambers
168 W. Alisal Street, Salinas, CA 93901
AGENDA with the ordinance is posted online (or see PDF):
Monterey County Against Fracking is also asking residents call or email the Monterey Board of Supervisors and urge a moratorium on fracking.
To reach all five Supervisors by email, send to COB [at] co.monterey.ca.us, c/o the Clerk of the Board.
Fernando Armento (831)755-5011
district1 [at] co.monterey.ca.us
Louis Calcagno (831)755-5022
district2 [at] co.monterey.ca.us
Simon Salinas (831)755-5033
district3 [at] co.monterey.ca.us
Jane Parker (831)883-7570 (831)755-5044
district4 [at] co.monterey.ca.us
Dave Potter (831)755-5055 (831)647-7755
district5 [at] co.monterey.ca.us
"The Monterey County Planning Commission voted 7-0 Wednesday to recommend a two-year moratorium on fracking, which heads next to the county Board of Supervisors for a final decision."
"They are recommending the moratorium on top of a draft ordinance as written by county planning staffers"