New ordinance bans fracking waste disposal in Butte County

Apr 21, 2015 8:36 PM

Butte County Supervisors passed a new fracking ordinance. It doesn't ban the practice, but it does establish new rules, making fracking very difficult. The ordinance that passed four to one in Butte County bans the importation, storage, and disposal of well stimulation byproduct, also known as frack waste water.

Dave Garcia from Frack-Free Butte County says this new ordinance is a step in the right direction.

"When they frack they are pumping thousands of gallons of water with frack chemicals with up to 29 toxins into the ground and the number one of source of water is ground water."

A government study cited by the Natural Gas Supply Association claims the additives used in the fracking process are used in common household products and make up less than 1% of the liquids used in the process.

Garcia says fracking isn't a dead issue for them. Hhe says they will have a new ordinance on the 2016 ballot to ban fracking in Butte County over all.


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