This American Life
10:00 pm – 11:00 pmThis American Life

The Empty Chair

The space left behind when something is gone.see more
Latest Newscasts:KQEDNPR
Player Sponsored By

Santa Cruz is State's First County to Ban Fracking

at 9:30 AM
 (David McNew/Getty Images)

A number of counties across California say they want to ban the controversial practice of fracking, otherwise known as hydraulic fracturing. The list includes Butte, San Benito, Santa Barbara and Monterey. This week, Santa Cruz became the first county to adopt a ban. How do local bans co-exist with the state's rules? And what will these bans mean for oil companies?

Guests:

Catherine Reheis-Boyd, president of the Western States Petroleum Association

Adam Scow, California director of Food and Water Watch, which co-founded Californians Against Fracking

Sponsored