City May Ban Fracking

If a committee approves the moratorium, it could go to the L.A. City Council as early as Friday.

Credit: Jonathan Oyama
Credit: Jonathan Oyama

A Los Angeles City Council committee today will consider imposing a moratorium on fracking and other methods used to force oil and natural gas out from deep underground.

The Planning and Land Use Management Committee will take up a proposal to ban hydraulic fracturing, which entails injecting a water and chemical mixture into rock formations at high pressures, creating cracks to release natural gas or oil.

The moratorium would also apply to other “well-stimulation” methods, such as acidizing and gravel-packing.

The motion was introduced in September by council members Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin, who say fracking and other well-stimulation practices could endanger Los Angeles' water supply.

Critics of fracking also link the activity to property damage, air and water pollution and an increased risk of earthquakes.

Some oil production companies operating in the city employ acidizing, which uses corrosive acids to dissolve rock formations around oil deposits in and around Los Angeles communities, according to city officials.

If approved in committee, the full City Council could take a vote on the motion as early as Friday, council aides said.

--City News Service

PM February 25, 2014 at 09:09 PM
There is legitimate concern over our water - but mainly the people screaming are uninformed and jump on the band wagon of the cause de jour. If people actually looked into it - it is no more dangerous then the wells already up and running - there comes a point where people need to start to toughen up against leftest issues which are used politically to get people in an uproar - our extremley wealthy city council is so out of touch of what it actually takes to live in this city with all of the laws & taxes they keep passing.
Nora Doyle February 25, 2014 at 10:04 PM
In addition to concerns about the waste of fresh water and polluting our scarce ground water, fracking has been definitively linked to earthquakes in Ohio where none occurred prior. There are numerous articles from different sources, but here's one -- http://www.nbcnews.com/science/science-news/confirmed-fracking-practices-blame-ohio-earthquakes-f8C11073601.
Sean McCarthy February 26, 2014 at 01:31 AM
Let's wait and see what the council does.
Brentwood Resident # 49 February 26, 2014 at 04:18 PM
Nora and Homewood - Fracking does contribute to micro earthquakes, magnitude less than 2, with the largest injection induced earthquake being 3.6 , still not very damaging. While I agree that this should be considered as well as the water issue here in California and specifically Los Angeles City, the pros also need to be considered. Maybe a portion of the proceeds from the fracking can go towards projected increased water costs? Maybe all fracking that takes place in Los Angeles must provide their own water and not take DWP water to perform their drilling process?
Sean McCarthy March 01, 2014 at 05:27 PM
Okay. What about the Daily News article that states: "The top equity holding in fiscal year 2013 for the pension fund for civilian employees was the ExxonMobil stock, worth at least $115 million, records show. Exxon is also the second largest equity — worth $80 million — in the Los Angeles Fire and Police Pensions fund, records show. The two portfolios also own a combined $100 million in stock in Chevron, another company that practices fracking." POSTED: 02/27/14, 8:55 PM PST Are we saying that its okay for Los Angeles pension funds to make money off of fracking as long as it is done someplace else, right?


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