May 14, 2014 7:39 PM
An opposition group is making their voice heard to stop the ban on fracking in Butte County.
They’re calling themselves, “Butte Citizens against Higher Energy Costs,” referring to what they believe would happen if a total ban on fracking is put in place.
They’re sponsored by Californians for a Safe, Secure Energy Future, a Sacramento-based coalition that wants to educate the public on safe oil extraction.
They are the counterpart to Frack-Free Butte County, a group that was surprised and satisfied to see Butte County Supervisors vote 4-1 to move forward with such a ban.
Butte County Supervisor Larry Wahl was the sole no vote, and supports the efforts of this pro-fracking coalition.
“We have the opportunity to be energy independent,” Wahl said. “Butte County isn't going to make us energy independent, but it's part of the puzzle. And it sets an example for the rest of the state.”
“They’re not going to let something like this go lightly, especially since Butte County is the first county to vote to ban fracking,” Frack-Free Butte County Spokesman Dave Garcia said. “We're the first domino of 58 counties, and they're not going to want to allow that domino to fall.”
Supervisors are expected to revisit a ban on fracking sometime next month.