Frustrated, environmentalists shifted their focus to local politics. Santa Cruz
County adopted a moratorium last year. The Los Angeles City Council followed suit in February.
Mostly in Kern County
The vast majority of fracking reported in California to date has taken place in one county — Kern, the heart of the state’s oil industry. No one expects a ban there anytime soon. But other counties may follow if San Benito, Santa Barbara and Mendocino voters block fracking.