Santa Barbara Co. Moves Fracking Ban to Ballot

The Santa Maria Sun reports that the Santa Barbara County supervisors are moving forward to include a county-wide ban on fracking and other forms of high-intensity drilling on the November ballot. The Planning Department anticipates more than 530 applications for new wells in the county, many of which will involve cyclic steam injection. reports that “of… More »

Mora County, NM May Reverse Fracking Ban

Changes in the membership of New Mexico’s Mora County Commission may mean that a law banning fracking in Mora County could soon be reversed. Elections for the Mora County Commission took place on June 3 and Commissioner John Olivas, who led the effort to ban fracking in Mora County, was replaced by George Trujillo, who… More »

NY Assembly Votes to Extend Fracking Moratorium

On Monday the New York Assembly voted to extend a state-wide moratorium on fracking for three more years. According to EcoWatch: “Full passage of the moratorium now depends on the New York State Senate and, ultimately, Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The Associated Press reports that the Senate is unlikely to address the issue before adjournment later… More »

Sovereign Suit against Broomfield Will Get Trial Date

A date will be set within the next week for Sovereign Oil & Gas’s suit against the town of Broomfield, CO’s five-year moratorium on fracking. The suit is one in a series of challenges to Colorado’s fracking laws and comes on the heels of a legislative proposal from Governor Hickenlooper that would prohibit bans on… More »