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Santa Cruz County Temporary Ban on Oil and Gas Projects

Lost Hills oil field. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

Lost Hills oil field. Photo: Stephen Laufer / KUSP

By J.D. Hillard | KUSP Reports

Santa Cruz County’s Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to temporarily ban oil and gas exploration within its boundaries. The moratorium affects all new projects, including those that would use hyrdaulic fracturing techniques. The county already requires any project to support offshore drilling to go to a vote of the citizens in the unincorporated area. This moratorium bans for 45 days any new facilities to support onshore fossil fuel extraction. Meanwhile the board will consider legislation requiring the same general vote for proposals for new oil and gas projects.

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