Council President Herb Wesson and the Los Angeles City Council unanimously voted to direct the city attorney to draft an ordinance suspending the use of the controversial drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing, also known as “fracking,” in the city of Los Angeles.
The action takes place in the wake of wide-spread concern, particularly in the West Adams community, about the environmental impact of fracking and other methods used to stimulate production from the drilling for oil and gas.
“The concern here is about safety,” said Wesson. “We need to stop using these drilling methods until we can make certain that they don’t adversely impact the health of the residents in our community.”
In addition to many West Adams community residents who came to City Hall to voice their support for Council action, Council President Wesson was also joined by Reverend Kelvin Sauls, Pastor of Holman United Methodist Church.
The hydraulic fracturing of deep rock formations is accomplished through the injection of water, sand, and chemicals to release oil and gas.
The Council action adopted the motion authored by Councilmembers Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin which calls for the drafting of an ordinance that would ban drilling methods such as fracking until it is proven to be safe.