California Democrats Move To Ban Fracking In State by Huffingtonpost.com
California Democrats almost unanimously approved a progressive platform Sunday that included a proposed ban on fracking, breaking with Gov. Jerry Brown, who has indicated a willingness to explore the practice. The issue of the ban came during this weekend’s California Democrats State Convention, a three-day meeting in Los Angeles that brought together state Democratic leaders including Gov. Brown, State Attorney General Kamala Harris, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, as well as about 3,000 delegates and guests. … Democrats answered the protesters by calling for “an immediate moratorium on fracking, acidizing and other forms of oil/gas well stimulation” the next day.
Brown has shown support for a limited degree of regulated fracking in California, arguing that it could offer economic opportunities. In September, Brown issued the state’s first fracking regulations, which went into effect Jan. 1. The regulations require any companies intent on fracking to acquire permits and publicly disclose the chemicals used in the process. They also call for air and water quality monitoring and an independent study of local effects. While Brown has received harsh criticism over his refusal to issue a state ban on fracking, he has defended his position with equal fervor. [Emphasis added]
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