Butte County sups vote to draft ordinance banning fracking

Apr 8, 2014 6:53 PM

It was an unexpected move by the Butte County Board of Supervisors today, as they voted 4-1 to move forward with a ban on fracking in the county.

The ban is not yet in effect. Staff will draft up a county ordinance, and supervisors will have to vote on that.

Many came out in opposition to the practice, technically termed hydraulic fracturing.

Loretta Torres was not one, though like those opposed to fracking, she considers herself a concerned citizen of a neighboring county.

“Let’s face it: Butte County and all of California is going to be the next boom,” Torres said.

And because of that crisis, seven years ago, an energy company drilled a well on her 50-year-old clean water well, and started fracking.

“I have not had any problems with that and the water has been just fine,” Torres said.

“I think that's one of the reasons I came is because I knew there's fear out there in the county and there would be a lot of people who would like to do an all-out ban,” Torres said. “I think that's unrealistic and using fear as the dominating factor here.”

But Tuesday’s vote was a swift and surprising move for members of Frack-Free Butte County.

“[I had] no idea,” said Dave Garcia, of Frack-Free Butte County. “I was just happy with a conditional use permit, and they went much further than that.”

But Garcia, said fight against big oil has just begun.

In the meantime, both sides will continue to educate, and fight.

“[Fracking is bad] for the county, for the people, and especially for our water because you know, water is butte county's number one resource,” Garcia said.


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