CBS Sacramento

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Voters in two California coastal counties have approved a ban on fracking and other intensive oil production, while a third coastal county rejected such a ban.

Fracking bans passed Tuesday in San Benito and Mendocino counties. Voters in Santa Barbara County, however, said “No” to a prohibition on fracking and other more commonly used means of forcing oil out of aging fields.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, and involves forcing liquids and chemicals into underground formations at high pressure to extract oil and gas. California is the country’s third-largest oil producer. Other places in the state and country have also enacted fracking bans.

Copyright 2014 The Associated Press.

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