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In 2010, the practice of fracking became much better known due to the release of Gasland, an independent film by Josh Fox that chronicled a trail of controversy wherever the practice has been conducted, from rural communities of Pennsylvania, to mountain towns of Colorado, to densely populated urban areas within the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolis. The profile of fracking was raised further early in 2011, when the New York Times published a series of articles by reporter Ian Urbina chronicling lax regulation and environmental problems at fracking sites throughout the country.
As public knowledge of fracking increased, EDC client groups - including Carpinteria Valley Association and Get Oil Out! - began inquiring whether the practice was being utilized in EDC’s service area, but were assured by industry and regulators that it was not. In early May, 2011, this all changed when it was discovered that Venoco, Inc. had hydraulically fractured two oil wells near the community of Los Alamos in northern Santa Barbara County without first obtaining appropriate permits, or even notifying community residents or County regulators.
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