Politics
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Fri May 2, 2014

Signatures submitted for Santa Barbara County fracking ban

The group Santa Barbara County Water Guardians has turned in 20,000 signatures to get an anti-fracking measure on November's ballot.
The group Santa Barbara County Water Guardians has turned in 20,000 signatures to get an anti-fracking measure on November's ballot.
Credit Santa Barbara County Water Guardians

The Santa Barbara County group working to get a fracking ban on the November ballot says it has turned in roughly 20,000 signatures to qualify its initiative.

The County Registrar of Voters must now go through the signature certification process. Should at least 13,201 check out, it will then be up to the Board of Supervisors to either adopt the initiative or put the measure on the ballot.

If passed by voters, the initiative would target newer forms of oil and gas extraction, including fracking.

“We are encouraged by the high level of volunteer participation and enthusiastic public response to our efforts,” said Rebecca Claassen of Santa Barbara County Water Guardians, the group behind the initiative.

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