The Land Use Report



Monday, April 15, 2013

Image: Al Granberg / Propublica / Creative Commons

Reading the agenda of your local city council or board of supervisors can provide you with some news you can use. Fracking, for instance, is an important topic, and there is an extensive report on fracking as part of Agenda Item #20.1 on the agenda of tomorrow’s meeting of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors. The term “fracking” is shorthand for “horizontal hydraulic fracturing,” a relatively new method of developing oil and gas, and one that may soon come to the Monterey Bay Region, since the Monterey Shale formation underlying our area is thought to contain significant hydrocarbon resources, which can be extracted through fracking technologies.

From a global warming and climate change perspective, the more hydrocarbons that are discovered and developed the worse our chances to survive. Even discounting that perspective, fracking technologies can pose some very significant environmental dangers. Read all about it in the Board report. I have a link in today’s Land Use Report blog.

Also, mark your calendars for a public workshop now scheduled for April 30th, in Monterey. The workshop will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Aguajito Road, and will run from noon to 8:00 p.m. There will be an opportunity for interested persons to comment on proposed fracking regulations. More information is available at

More Information:

Gary Patton’s Two Worlds Blog

Agenda of the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors, April 16, 2013

Consent Agenda Item #20.1 – Fracking Report

Draft Fracking Regulations

UC Berkeley Law School Report on Fracking Regulations

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