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Calif. Senate vote falls short for moratorium on oil fracking
Calif. Senate vote falls short for moratorium on oil fracking

The state Senate on Wednesday failed to muster the votes needed to set a moratorium on the oil drilling technique known as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, until a study determines that it does not pose a health risk for the public. Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) said her bill is needed because of public concern that the injection of water and chemicals into the ground to stimulate oil production may threaten health. She said she does not want to increase California’s dependance on foreign oil. “However,  the safety of oil drilling is an environmental justice issue that I believe we should review with great scrutiny,” Mitchell said. The bill garnered an...

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