The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously today to approve a motion from Councilmember Mike Bonin and Paul Koretz, asking for the City Attorney to draft an ordinance that will prohibit fracking, acidizing and other dangerous drilling in Los Angeles until it can be proven safe. The Council’s vote made Los Angeles the largest city in the nation to support a fracking moratorium.
“This is about neighborhood safety, about public health and most of all, about common sense,” said Councilmember Mike Bonin, who co-introduced the Los Angeles fracking moratorium with his colleague Paul Koretz. “We cannot continue to allow the safety of our neighborhoods to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling. Neighborhoods come first and the LA moratorium is a simple, common sense proposal to ensure that this ‘energy production by Dr. Strangelove’ doesn’t cause catastrophic earthquakes or other serious damage to Los Angeles.”
See the Coverage of Today’s Historic Vote Below
- CBS Los Angeles: City Council Passes LA ‘Fracking’ Ban
- KPCC: LA City Council moves forward with effort to ban fracking
- LA Times: L.A. City Council moves toward fracking ban
- Al Jazeera America: LA City Council Places Moratorium on Hydraulic Fracturing
- ThinkProgress: Los Angeles City Council Bans Fracking
- Examiner: Los Angeles joins Dallas, NY, VT, Colorado cities trend to halt fracking
- LA Business Journal: L.A. Council Orders Fracking Moratorium Ordinance
- Patch.com: Council Takes First Step to Halt Fracking in L.A.