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Proponents appeal Measure Z ruling

April 2, 2018

Monterey Herald,

Tom Wright,

March 28, 2018-

Monterey >> Protect Monterey County, the organization that backed a 2016 anti-fracking ballot initiative called Measure Z, announced it filed an appeal this week challenging a judge’s ruling that invalidated part of the ordinance. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills issued a final ruling earlier this month following an intended decision in late December. Wills upheld the ban on hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in the ordinance but struck down Measure Z’s bans on drilling new wells and wastewater injection, deciding they were invalid by existing state and federal regulations.

Protect Monterey County filed its appeal Monday challenging the judge’s ruling overturning parts of the measure with the Sixth District Court of Appeal. Dr. Laura Solorio, a member of Protect Monterey County, said Measure Z proponents will continue fighting to protect the county’s air, water and climate from oil extraction and disposal of wastewater used in the process. The restrictions have been on hold since shortly after the lawsuit was filed, allowing local oil and gas operations to continue.

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