Company: California County Lacks Authority To Ban Fracking
Mealey's (June 18, 2015, 8:51 AM EDT) -- HOLLISTER, Calif. — A hydraulic fracturing company on March 3 filed a complaint in California state court seeking declaratory judgment against the County of San Benito, contending that the county’s ordinance banning fracking is preempted by state law (Citadel Exploration Inc. v. County of San Benito, No. 15-00028, Calif. Super., San Benito Co.).
(Complaint available. Document #94-150310-016C.)
Voters in San Benito County passed a referendum known as Measure J on Nov. 4. Measure J banned, prohibited and outlawed oil and gas exploration using fracking...