Santa Barbara County Supervisors today moved to place an initiative banning high intensity petroleum operations on the November ballot.
County supervisors voted on the issue following a special meeting in Santa Maria, during which more than 100 people testified.
A group gathered enough signatures to place the issue on the ballot. Last month, supervisors asked for a report looking at some of the potential impacts.
Because the initiative was technically qualified for the ballot already, supervisors had only two options. They could outright adopt it as an ordinance, or place it on the ballot. They unanimously opted to let voters decide the issue.
The proposal calls for banning the use of well stimulation treatments including hydraulic fracturing, steam injection, and acid well stimulation in unincorporated areas of the county. Wells with vested rights would be able to maintain current operations.