Measure Z is a Monterey County citizen's initiative, placed on the ballot by volunteers who collected over 16,000 signatures. It bans fracking and limits other risky oil operations in the county. Measure Z passed on November 8, 2016 with 56% of the vote. Read more about the initiative at the "Measure Z" tab.
After the election, Chevron, Aera Energy (owned by ExxonMobil and Shell), and other oil interests filed 6 lawsuits challenging Measure Z. Phase 1 of the Measure Z trial begins on November 13, 2017 at Monterey County Superior Court.
After helping to pass Measure Z, Protect Monterey County (PMC) now works to ensure that the voters’ decision is honored. PMC has assembled a strong legal team to intervene in the lawsuits and assist the County with Measure Z legal defense. PMC will also work with the County to ensure that Measure Z is fully implemented.
Since the oil industry is challenging the legality of Measure Z, its full implementation has been delayed. (Only the Measure Z exemption procedures are currently allowed to be implemented.) We’ll know more after the judge renders a decision in the Measure Z trial.
Local oil companies have applied to the state (DOGGR) for exemptions that allow them to continue injecting wastewater into our protected aquifers -- a practice which endangers Monterey County’s groundwater and our premier agricultural and tourism industries. Members of PMC submitted public comments objecting to these exemptions. We are awaiting a final decision by DOGGR and U.S. EPA.
Attend public hearings and rallies posted under "Events" and help keep our government officials accountable. Donate to the Measure Z legal defense fund. The oil industry has millions to spend, while we rely on supporters like you.