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Santa Barbara County Taking New Look At Regulating Controversial Oil, Gas Recovery Process

Posted on Tuesday, November 8, 2011 3:20pm

A controversial technique to free oil trapped underground is getting a close up review by Santa Barbara County, which is looking at regulating the process.

Santa Barbara County Supervisors have directed the county’s Planning Commission to look at developing a permitting process for hydraulic fracturing.

Hydraulic fracturing is a process where water, and sometimes other liquids are injected at high pressure underground, to try to open access to oil and gas resources.

However, some property owners, as well as environmentalists have been concerned about the use of the process in Northern Santa Barbara County, saying that the potential impacts on the environment are unknown.

The oil, and gas industry contends it’s a safe, proven process.

The County Planning Commission is set to look at potential new regulatory steps when it meets in Santa Barbara tomorrow morning (11/9).

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