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Santa Cruz leads the pack!

Their board of county supervisors voted unanimously to not only prohibit fracking but also gas and oil development.

And there are other counties that are following with their own bans.

Butte, Mendocino, Monterey, Santa Barbara, San Benito and Orange counties are among those considering their own fracking and oil bans. Beverly Hills recently became the state’s first city to ban fracking a month ago. Los Angeles working on its own ban after passing a moratorium in February.
This is how it is done when your duly elected representatives refuse to represent the people. I love this quote:
“This is very similar to the effort to ban plastic bags city by city, county by county, because it was felt that in Sacramento no progress can be made,” Haifley told the Santa Cruz Sentinel. “This is taking matters into your own hands.”

Originally posted to occupystephanie ~ Stephanie Hampton on Thu May 22, 2014 at 01:46 PM PDT.

Also republished by California politics.

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  •  I do think this is a good thing. (9+ / 0-)

    However I want to point out that Santa Cruz County is not, to the best of my knowledge, targeted for fracking nor is it thought to have much oil that could be be extracted by fracking.

    But I still think this is a good thing.

    It sets a precedent and it begins the formation of a model for other counties to adopt and adapt.Also, this is not unlike the way that the offshore drilling moratorium got its start, by local action first.

    From the Santa Cruz Sentinel:

    While the state regulates underground wells, Tuesday's vote bans above-ground production support facilities. In doing so, the new law echoes a similar local effort from the 1980s to ban facilities for offshore oil drilling, an effective regulatory tool that became a model for coastal communities across California.


    The county ban covers all oil development, and Supervisor John Leopold, the architect of the law, cited the environmental and health risks. While fracked wells use water located far below drinking water aquifers, among Leopold's concerns is that wells could be breached and contaminate scarce local supplies.

    "Since we've been considering this, I've heard from colleagues from around the state wanting to know what we were doing, trying to figure out the strategy, concerned about the prevalence of this practice here in California. It's important for Santa Cruz to take a stand," Leopold said.

    What I hope is that this practice spreads to some of the other counties your link mentioned, such as San Benito and Monterey which I believe are closer to the Monterey Shale rock foundations that are thought to have the oil and largely lies beneath California's central valley (i.e. San Joaquin Valley)

    Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. - Voltaire
    Don't trust anyone over 84414 - BentLiberal

    by BentLiberal on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:07:20 PM PDT

    •  Link to Santa Cruz Senitnel article (6+ / 0-)

      for my above comment:

      Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. - Voltaire
      Don't trust anyone over 84414 - BentLiberal

      by BentLiberal on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:08:00 PM PDT

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      •  But won't all these bans be (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:

        Over turned if the TPP passes?  
        The corporations will sue, and if they win, then the taxpayers have to make up their loss of profits.
        The TPP must not pass.
        From not reworking NAFTA to the treasonous TPP.

        "Americans don't understand that terrorists cannot take away habeas corpus, the Bill of Rights, or the Constitution. Terrorists are not anything like the threat that we face from our own government in the name of fighting terrorism."

        by snoopydawg on Thu May 22, 2014 at 09:38:33 PM PDT

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        •  Then it gets tougher. (0+ / 0-)

          But we must try these things. We have no democracy on a state or federal level but we do locally if we just claim it.

          Our ban includes our inherent rights to self-governance for our own health, safety and happiness. That has to count for something.

          Can ordinary people make local laws which negate corporate "rights"? It is civil disobedience and will play out in the courts and a very public stage.

          Funny, isn't it that the "World Government" that the conservatives have been worried about the UN becoming and it has been happening all the time by the corporations.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu May 22, 2014 at 10:14:42 PM PDT

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    •  The Monterey Shale has far less recoverable oil (9+ / 0-)

      in it than once estimated: U.S. officials cut estimate of recoverable Monterey Shale oil by 96%

      Federal energy authorities have slashed by 96% the estimated amount of recoverable oil buried in California's vast Monterey Shale deposits, deflating its potential as a national "black gold mine" of petroleum.

      Just 600 million barrels of oil can be extracted with existing technology, far below the 13.7 billion barrels once thought recoverable from the jumbled layers of subterranean rock spread across much of Central California, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said.

      The new estimate, expected to be released publicly next month, is a blow to the nation's oil future and to projections that an oil boom would bring as many as 2.8 million new jobs to California and boost tax revenue by $24.6 billion annually....    

      The spirit of liberty is the spirit which is not too sure that it is right. -- Judge Learned Hand, May 21, 1944

      by ybruti on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:19:08 PM PDT

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      •  Yeah, thanks. (5+ / 0-)

        I read that yesterday, I believe.

        It's good in the sense that it can be argued that there is less there to retrieve and so maybe that can influence Oil Companies to give up their plans when faced with opposition.

        On the other hand it's important to note that that finding states the amount of oil that "can be extracted with existing technology."  I'd never discount the possibility that they might come up with still another insidious way to extract the oil -- in other words, technology can improve.

        Which just means we have to be vigilant.

        Il est dangereux d’avoir raison dans des choses où des hommes accrédités ont tort. - Voltaire
        Don't trust anyone over 84414 - BentLiberal

        by BentLiberal on Thu May 22, 2014 at 03:25:53 PM PDT

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        •  Absolutely vigilant! (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, FarWestGirl

          I was browsing a map of where they think oil is and I found something that chilled me. There appears to be a very large pool right underneath the Columbia River downstream from Portland. If I can see it, they can.

          I think it is foresighted to have also banned oil and gas exploration activities also. You never know what else they will come up with.

          We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

          by occupystephanie on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:07:59 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks, bentliberal (2+ / 0-)
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      RiveroftheWest, FarWestGirl

      I am really impressed with the town leaders. This is local action at its finest!

      We have it within our power to make the world over again ~ Thomas Paine

      by occupystephanie on Thu May 22, 2014 at 05:05:30 PM PDT

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  •  Santa Cruz? But, of course! Just, as the (4+ / 0-)

    bumper sticker sez, "Keep Santa Cruz Weird". They're doin' it right IMHO.

    Dance lightly upon the Earth, Sing her songs with wild abandon, Smile upon all forms of Life ...and be well.

    by LinSea on Thu May 22, 2014 at 04:12:27 PM PDT

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