Video reported by Gabriela Quirós and Lauren Sommer, who narrates.
Update Nov. 6: In the Nov. 4 election, San Benito and Mendocino counties passed bans on fracking, while Santa Barbara’s ballot initiative failed.
Original post Oct. 27: Three California counties – Santa Barbara, Mendocino and San Benito – will decide this November on ballot initiatives that ask voters to ban hydraulic fracturing, the controversial oil- and gas-extraction technique known as “fracking.” San Benito activists were the first to qualify an anti-fracking initiative in the state, in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s decision to allow the technique to move forward.
- Anti-Fracking Activists in California Take Fight to County Ballots
- KQED Science coverage of fracking
- KQED NEWSROOM Special Edition: The Fracking Debate Heats Up In California