Big Oil Sues Monterey County to Stop Measure Z

SALINAS – A Monterey County judge has delayed implementation of Measure Z — which limits oil operations in Monterey County — while two lawsuits aimed at stopping it altogether are resolved in the courts.

The stay was granted on Wednesday ­— just as the lawsuits from the country’s largest oil producers were filed — and it will help county officials focus on the “big picture” issues rather than getting tangled up on daily bureaucratic procedures, an attorney for the county said.

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