SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — Voters in two California coastal counties approved a ban on fracking and other intensive oil production on Tuesday, while a third coastal county rejected such a ban.
Measure S in Mendocino County was approved by more than two-thirds of voters. The initiative bans fracking and all related activity imposing harsh criminal penalties for any violations.
A similar measure was passed handily in San Benito County garnering more than 57 percent of the vote.
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In Santa Barbara County, however, a measure to ban the practice of fracking was handily defeated by a 63-to-37 percent margin.
Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, and involves forcing liquids and chemicals into underground formations at high pressure to extract oil and gas. California is the country’s third-largest oil producer. Other places in the state and country have also enacted fracking bans.
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