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Commission to investigate offshore fracking

Posted: Friday, Aug 16th, 2013

Ocean activists pack the Santa Cruz County Supervisor chambers during the meeting of the California Coastal Commission Thursday. (Photo by Roseann Hernandez/Register-Pajaronian)

SANTA CRUZ — The California Coastal Commission has called for an immediate investigation after learning that hydraulic fracturing has occurred off the California coast.

According to a preliminary report by Coastal Commission Deputy Director Allison Dettmer during the Coastal Commission meeting at the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors’ chambers on Thursday, 12 wells located in federal waters off the California coast have been “fracked” in some way during the course of the past 25 years.

The revelation did not come from the state body, but stemmed from an investigation by the Environmental Defense Center and AP journalists earlier this month, which found that the controversial enhanced recovery process took place in the Santa Barbara Channel, the site of a 1969 oil spill that released millions of gallons of oil onto the beaches and ocean.

For the complete article see the 08-17-2013 issue.

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