Santa Cruz County

Fracking Debate Intensifies in Neighboring Counties

Environmentalists want to halt all but conventional oil drilling in San Benito County.

The two-hour drive between Silicon Valley’s southern tip and Coalinga is a descent from heaven to hell, Andy Hsia-Coron says. It’s a landscape—stark and lifeless—that he’d like to prevent from taking shape in San Benito County, his home of nearly three decades. Whether that’s even a threat is a subject of contention.

Read More 6