Kassie Siegel

Landmark Victory: Monterey Becomes California's First Major Oil-Producing County to Ban Fracking

Voters in Monterey County, California's fourth-largest oil-producing county, have passed Measure Z to ban fracking and other dangerous extraction techniques. The measure won Tuesday with almost 56 percent of the vote, despite supporters being outspent 30 to one by oil companies, including Chevron and Aera Energy. Measure Z also phases out toxic wastewater injection and prohibits new oil wells in the county. Monterey is the sixth county in California to ban fracking.

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