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First step toward fracking ban in L.A. taken by land use panel
First step toward fracking ban in L.A. taken by land use panel

A Los Angeles City Council committee took a first step Tuesday toward banning hydraulic fracturing and other disputed practices tied to oil extraction, winning cheers and applause from a packed auditorium. "Fracking and other unconventional drilling is happening here in Los Angeles, and without the oversight and review to keep our neighborhoods safe," Councilman Mike Bonin told the Planning and Land Use Management Committee. The panel decided to pass the matter along to the council after hearing from dozens of supporters.  “We can’t allow the safety of our neighborhoods that we represent to be jeopardized by dangerous drilling,”...

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