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Los Angeles Bans Fracking

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Los Angeles moves to ban fracking. (Thinkstock)

Los Angeles has become the largest city in the United States to actively take a stand against the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as the City Council unanimously approved Feb. 28 to take a moratorium on the unique practice to draw more oil out of the ground.

The 10 to 0 vote means the City Attorney’s office and Planning Dept. will take draft an ordinance amending Los Angeles’ zoning code to prohibit fracking until the practice can be properly regulated at the local, state, and federal levels.

Friday morning’s vote was met with heavy applause and cheers by a large contingent of anti-fracking activists and supports sitting in the council chamber’s gallery.

“I think we all can agree unregulated fracking is crazy. It’s time to stop this crazy practice,” Councilman Paul Koretz, who was one of the authors of the motion proposing a fracking moratorium, told his colleagues. “Fracking related earthquakes are taking place … in states that normally don’t have earthquakes.”

The motion’s co-author, Councilman Mike Bonin said it makes no sense to allow unregulated fracking to continue.

“This does not meet any test of common sense or public safety,” Bonin told council members.

A major talking point in the campaign to regulate fracking in Los Angeles: drinking water.

Bonin and Koretz stated in their motion the local drinking water supply is negatively affected by unregulated fracking.

“We’re also turning millions and millions of gallons of clean water into toxic waste. We’re seeing it up close in our neighborhoods,” Koretz told council members, adding greater number of people who live near wells are experiencing increased physical ailments due to water possibly contaminated from fracking-related activities.

The motion presented by Bonin and Koretz proposes the ban or moratorium on fracking remain in place until the City Council greater governmental oversight and regulation is in effect.

According to Bonin’s and Koretz’s motion, fracking “is an oil and natural gas extraction process that involves very highly-pressurized injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids containing a mixture of water, sand and unreported amounts of unknown chemicals into underground geological formations.”

The intent of the injection is to fracture the rock and, ultimately, increase the amount of oil or gas that could be extracted from a well.

With the vote, the City Attorney is expected to draft an ordinance officially placing a moratorium on fracking until the City Council is satisfied with the amount of governmental oversight and regulation in place.

Koretz represents the council’s fifth district, which includes Bel Air, Century City, Cheviot Hills, Palms, and Westwood; Bonin’s eleventh council district covers Brentwood, Mar Vista, Marina Del Rey, Pacific Palisades, Palms, Venice, West Los Angeles, Westchester, and the LAX area, among other communities.

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  • So, this celebration is about a moratorium, until regulations can be written? Look to the nuclear heritage: no American insurance company could insure against any meltdown, so the federal government was made to accept the risk, on paper, for the glorious commercial nuclear industry to proceed. Just as that company in West Virginia had been skipping taxes for about a decade, and filed as bankrupt at the end of 2013, and as BP formed an offshoot company to limit their liability to $20 Billion, and as Union Carbide caused Bhopal by making a fertilizer cheaper, more dangerously, and then cutting staff, we can expect frackers to find ways to limit their liability, not their damage. When fracking yields permanent ground water damage, companies will not pay for it. Don’t frack at all. Ever.

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  • Of course, *regulated* fracking is like a regulated kick in the face – still something you don’t want.

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