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California County Loses Bid to Reinstate Fracking Ban on Appeal

Oct. 14, 2021, 3:44 PM

A coastal California county’s attempt to curb new oil and gas development suffered another blow when an appeals court upheld a ruling striking down a ban on new wells and fracking.

Monterey County voters in November 2016 passed a measure prohibiting land use in support of new oil and gas wells and fracking activities in unincorporated areas. Companies including Aera Energy LLC and Chevron Corp. sued, saying the ordinances were preempted by state and federal law.

After a trial, a state court judge sided with the companies, striking down the measures as a “pretextual attempt” by the county “to do ...

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