March was election month in southern California and there were a number of ballot measures aimed at new or re–developed energy infrastructure projects.
“Oil drilling, taxes, zoning will appear on Southland cities’ ballots”
In the coastal city of Hermosa Beach, voters will decide whether to loosen a ban on oil and gas drilling to allow for a new production project. And on the opposite edge of the county, voters in La Habra Heights will weigh in on a measure that takes an opposite stance – seeking to tighten the city's restrictions on drilling and, in particular, fracking.
“Oil Drilling in Hermosa Beach Pits Neighbor Against Neighbor”
Now, the oil drilling ban question is finally appearing on the ballot, on March 3, and Barragan is no longer just a homeowner. She has fought to protect the famed surfing shore from what she sees as wildly incompatible oil drilling, and is so passionate about it that in 2013 she ran for Hermosa Beach City Council. She was a political neophyte with little chance of winning office, but E&B saw her rising voice as trouble. The firm asked the Hermosa city attorney to agree that if Nanette Barragan got elected, the fine print in existing California law banned Barragan from voting on the oil drilling issue – because her cottage is within 500 feet of E&B’s drilling site.
“Election 2015: La Habra Heights anti-oil initiative loses”
A measure to limit oil drilling in the city was defeated Tuesday. Measure A would have banned the drilling of any new oil and gas wells, halted the reactivation of old wells and barred certain treatments to enhance oil or gas drilling, including fracking. “I’m pleased to see that people didn’t let their emotions take over their vote and looked at the facts of the initiative,” said Councilman Kyle Miller who opposed the measure.
“Hermosa Beach Voters Defeat Measure to Overturn Oil Drilling Ban”
Fracking opponents scored a big victory against the oil industry by defeating a measure to overturn an oil drilling ban in Hermosa Beach, but failed to pass an initiative to prohibit new oil and gas development in La Habra Heights.