Fracking Ban Would Affect Less Than 10 Percent of San Benito Co.

A San Benito County official has determined that less than 10 percent of the county’s land would be affected by a potential petroleum ban. San Benito Rising, the group advocating for a ban on all fracking in the county and an additional ban on all “petroleum activity” in specific planning zones.

San Benito County Today reports that “Those zones – Rural, Rural Transitional, Rural Residential, Rural Urban, and Sphere of Influence Rural/Urban – mostly include areas surrounding the cities” and would affect “less than 10 percent of the county that’s affected with the total restriction” according to interim planning director Byron Turner.

Restrictions would specifically target an oil field near Bitterwater, which uses high-intensity extraction techniques like steam injections.