Grassroots Power Puts Fracking Ban Within Reach

A swelling grassroots coalition is hoping they can stop their county from becoming another landscape “scarred” by fracking.

The Santa Barbara County Water Guardians gathered roughly 16,000 signatures — 3,000 more than required — to put a measure to ban the controversial extraction technique on the November ballot.

Their proposal goes Tuesday before the Board of Supervisors, who can put the measure on the Nov. ballot, or can choose to vote the initiative directly into law.

“This is the result of hundreds of volunteers working tirelessly to qualify this initiative for the ballot,” stated Corrie Ellis of Water Guardians. “This represents more than 3,000 hours of volunteer effort in just three weeks, which shows the strength of community support for this initiative.”

In addition to banning fracking, their proposal seeks to ban two other “extreme extraction techniques” — acidizing and steam injection.