Mixed results in local US anti-fracking votes

2014-11-05 12:42

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Los Angeles - Opponents of fracking, a method of extracting oil and natural gas, had only mixed success on Tuesday with ballot measures to ban the practice in a handful of US towns and counties.

The cities of Denton, Texas and Athens, Ohio, as well as Mendocino and San Benito counties in California, passed measures outlawing fracking.

But Ohio municipalities Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown rejected similar initiatives, as did Santa Barbara County in California.

The measures were backed by environmentalists concerned about fracking's effect on drinking water and the environment in general. Fracking supporters worried that, if successful, the measures could inspire a domino effect of bans in more cities and towns.

Although the votes were limited to very small geographic areas, they took on a symbolic importance for people on both sides of the fracking debate in the US.

Denton is the first city in oil- and gas-rich Texas to ban fracking, even as gas production has reaped big profits for the city. In Ohio, a shale energy boom has brought jobs and cash to some communities, as well as earthquakes triggered by fracking, according to studies.

Meanwhile, alongside its green-energy reputation, California is a major US producer of fossil fuels. A coalition of energy companies spent more than $7.7m to fight the measures in Santa Barbara and San Benito counties alone, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.