Planning Commission (October 22, 2015)
A County-prepared Ordinance will be presented to the Planning Commission on October 22, 2015 to add “well stimulation treatments” to the definition of “Oil and Gas Extraction” within the glossary of the Butte County Zoning Ordinance. Well stimulation treatments are a type of oil and gas extraction that require a Use Permit pursuant to the current Zoning Ordinance, and the Zoning Code amendment reiterates the existing Use Permit requirement.
A hearing notice is available here.
The Draft Ordinance adding “well stimulation treatments” to the definition of “Oil and Gas Extraction” is available here.
Board of Supervisors (April 21, 2015)
At its April 21, 2015 meeting, the Butte County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance amending the Zoning Ordinance to prohibit the storage or disposal of hydraulic fracturing byproducts in Butte County.
A hearing notice and summary of the Ordinance is available here
The Ordinance to prohibit the storage or disposal of byproducts is available here
Board of Supervisors (February 10, 2015)
At its February 10, 2015 meeting, the Board of Supervisors considered an Ordinance to Prohibit Fracking and an Ordinance to Prohibit the Storage and Disposal of Fracking Byproducts.
Board agenda packet is available here.
Also considered were presentations from CSUC Chico Professor Todd Greene and DOGGR Supervisor Steve Bohlen:
At the conclusion of the meeting, the Board declined to adopt the Ordinance to Prohibit Fracking, and directed staff to clarify language in the Butte County Zoning Ordinance such that: 1) Fracking requires a Conditional Use Permit (CUP); and 2) injection wells are precluded in the County.
Planning Commission (October 23, 2014 and December 11, 2014)
The County-prepared ordinance was presented to the Butte County Planning Commission at a noticed public hearing on October 23, 2014. The Planning Commission heard extensive public testimony and directed staff to prepare an alternative ordinance banning just the storage of fracking fluids in the County. The Planning Commission continued its consideration to the December 11, 2014 meeting
At the December 11, 2014 meeting, the Commission considered the Alternate Ordinance, banning the storage of fracking byproducts in Butte County. The Planning Commission voted 2-1 to send No Recommendation to the Board of Supervisors relative to hydraulic fracturing.
Board of Supervisors (April 8, 2014)
The Butte County Board of Supervisors voted on April 8th, 2014 to approve a "motion of intent" to ban fracking. The County’s Water Commission had passed a motion recommending that Butte County require a conditional use permit for hydraulic fracturing oil and gas extraction practices. Instead, the Board directed the Anti-Fracking Ordinance be prepared. The agenda and minutes from the Board meeting can be viewed here.
For additional information, contact Principal Planner Stacey Jolliffe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 530.538.6573.