Ventura County to regulate hydraulic fracturing

VENTURA, Calif. - Ventura County has changed its land-use process to regulate hydraulic fracturing, an oil and gas extraction method that some fear can contaminate groundwater.

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 Tuesday to tell county managers to include questions about hydraulic fracturing in applications that companies submit to get permission to operate in unincorporated county territory.

The Ventura County Star says (http://bit.ly/12VOJ3x ) the move follows a similar initiative in Santa Barbara County to regulate hydraulic fracturing through the approval process for land use.

Supervisor Steve Bennett says it makes sense for Ventura County to be on the forefront because of its large oil reserves.

Bennett says the requirement will help gather data that could be analyzed during an environmental review to see if hydraulic fracturing can be safely done.

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