MoCo Planning Commission recommends a 2 year Moratorium on Fracking

Yesterday, April 30, the MoCo Planning Commission, in a 7-0 vote recommended a two-year moratorium on the controversial Fracking development proposed for underground gas removal from the Monterey Shale.

Commissioner Keith Vandevere seconded the motion made by Commissioner Martha Diehl to recommend the ordinance and moratorium. He said holding off on permits for fracking and other methods will allow time to fully explore the details and ramifications of a permanent ordinance and for further development of state regulations governing oil and gas mining methods under recently approved state legislation.

Currently, no permits are required so this regulation had to be fast tracked to prevent further, unregulated development.