26 Feb '14, 5pm

L.A. and California lawmakers move to impose fracking moratoriums

L.A. and California lawmakers move to impose fracking moratoriums

Leaders in Los Angeles seem to have been paying attention to Hollywood. A little more than a year after the release of Promised Land , a movie about the dangers of fracking starring Matt Damon, members of L.A. City Council are trying to ban hydraulic fracturing. “Fracking and other unconventional drilling is happening here in Los Angeles, and without the oversight and review to keep our neighborhoods safe,” Councilman Mike Bonin said during a committee hearing on Tuesday. Here’s more from the L.A. Times : The council is slated to vote Friday to draft new rules that would prohibit hydraulic fracturing and other forms of “well stimulation” in Los Angeles until the council is sure they are safe. … Several Angelenos complained [during Tuesday's committee hearing] about vibrations and other problems that they blamed on oil extraction activities at nearby wells. “Our walls are c...

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