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State Coastal Commission Staff Agrees To Investigate Reports Of Fracking In Santa Barbara Channel

Posted on Thursday, August 15, 2013 4:23pm

State Coastal Commission staff members today told the Commission they will investigate reports of several incidents of fracking in the Santa Barbara Channel.

At the Commission’s meeting in Santa Cruz, some of the officials expressed outrage about not knowing about the process occurring off the coast.

Fracking involves the high pressure injection of water, and chemicals into the earth to try to clear passages to trapped oil, and gas deposits.  The process has created widespread concern because of the unknown impacts of the process potentially creating pollution.

The Associated Press reported that federal documents show a number of fracking operations happened off our coastline.

Some state legislators, as well as a coalition of environmental groups asked the Coastal Commission to open an investigation into fracking operations, and Commission staff members agreed, saying they will work to find out what’s happened.

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