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Fracking workshop coming to Monterey

Posted: Friday, Apr 12th, 2013

AROMAS — After a lobbying effort by local community members and a formal request made by elected officials in the region, a workshop to discuss the draft hydraulic fracturing regulations compiled by California's Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) is set for later this month in Monterey.

The workshop will be on April 30 from noon to 8 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1000 Aguajito Road, Monterey.

When the Department of Conservation first announced a series of upcoming workshops scheduled in select locations across the state, the Monterey Bay Area was notably absent.

The omission spurred action by local residents concerned about the potential effects hydraulic fracturing would have on a region that contains the Monterey Formation, a geologic formation extending from Aromas to the Los Angeles area, which is estimated to contain 50 billion gallons of shale oil.

“The only reason this (workshop) is happening is because people in our community put a lot of pressure on the state, and we got assemblymembers Mark Stone, Luis Alejo and Bill Monning to request a workshop in the area,” said Pat Lerman, member of Aromas Cares for our Environment (ACE), a citizen action group formed after a seismic survey was conducted at the A.J. Wilson quarry by oil and gas prospecting company Freedom Resources last summer.

Since then the group has hosted informational meetings about gas and oil drilling at the Aromas Grange, provided input on proposed legislation on hydraulic fracturing currently making the rounds at the state assembly and in San Benito County and petitioned the government to hold a workshop in the region.

Lerman hopes to get as many local residents out to the eight-hour workshop, which will cover the draft hydraulic fracturing regulations section by section.

For the complete article see the 04-13-2013 issue.

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