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Santa Barbara County Fracking Ban will be on November Ballot
On May 1, Santa Barbara residents turned in 20,000 signatures to the county elections office which they hope will qualify a fracking ban initiative on the November 2014 ballot.
The signatures were collected in just 3 weeks by 300+ volunteers. The San Francisco law firm of Shute, Mihaly & Weinberger LLP, a well known environmental firm, and attorney Nathan G. Alley of Limestone Law & Policy Advocates, drafted the initiative.
Purpose of the initiative:
"The purpose of this Initiative is to protect the health and environment of Santa Barbara County—its air and water quality, water supplies, agricultural lands, scenic vistas, and quality of life—by prohibiting the use of any land within the County’s unincorporated area for High-Intensity Petroleum Operations. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations include hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking), acid well stimulation treatments, cyclic steam injection and other types of oil and gas development that use advanced well stimulation technologies."
The initiative lists the following findings which are reasons for supporting the initiative:
1. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Are Different.
2. Emissions From High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Will Degrade Our Air Quality and Contribute to Global Climate Change.
3. Our Limited Water Supplies Should Be Preserved For Agricultural and Municipal Uses.
4. Santa Barbara County Cannot Afford the Risks of Groundwater and Surface Water Pollution.
5. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Are Inconsistent With Our Agricultural Heritage.
6. Earthquake Risks in Santa Barbara County Are Already Too High.
7. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Will Degrade Our Scenic Vistas and Rural Areas.
8. High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Could Harm the County’s Biological Resources.
9. Permitting High-Intensity Petroleum Operations Is Not the Way to Grow a Healthy Economy.
The initiative was spearheaded by the grassroots organization Santa Barbara County Water Guardians.
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Photos by Santa Barbara County Water Guardians.