Two Los Angeles City Council members are urging a ban of the hydraulic fracturing of underground rock formations to reach oil reserves because of environmental risks.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Paul Koretz and Mike Bonin introduced a proposal Wednesday that would outlaw so-called fracking by changing the city's zoning laws. In recent years oil companies have used fracking in the Inglewood Oil Field to extract hard-to-reach oil from idled wells.
Hydraulic fracturing involves injecting water mixed with chemicals into wells to break apart shale formations that cover pockets of oil or natural gas. Opponents say it is hazardous to the water supply and cannot be safely regulated.
The measure was referred to the council's Planning and Land Use Management Committee for review and public hearings.