Calif: High-intensity oil extraction ban headed ballot

Santa Barbara Independent: Seven months and one day removed from their controversial approval of Santa Maria Energy’s 136 cyclic steam injection wells, the Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Friday to place a measure on the November ballot that would ban new cyclic steaming, hydraulic fracturing, and acidizing operations in the unincorporated areas of the county. Although the four-hour hearing’s conclusion was foregone — it was either put the initiative on the ballot or adopt it outright — its messages......

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