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Kamala Harris ‘skeptical’ of fracking, stops short of calling for ban

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris speaks to reporters in Bakersfield on May 21, 2016.
U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris speaks to reporters in Bakersfield on May 21, 2016. The Sacramento Bee/David Siders

U.S. Senate candidate Kamala Harris said Saturday that she is “very skeptical” of hydraulic fracturing, while stopping short of calling for a moratorium.

Speaking to reporters at a United Farm Workers convention in Bakersfield, in the heart of oil-rich Kern County, Harris said she is waiting to review emerging regulations on the controversial form of oil extraction.

“I’m very skeptical of fracking,” said Harris, the state attorney general. “We’re waiting to see what the regulations are going to look like.”

Harris, who has been endorsed by the Sierra Club and League of Conservation Voters, among other environmental groups, also said she is “very skeptical” about the Temperance Flat Dam on the San Joaquin River, one of two proposed reservoirs at the center of debate for more than a decade. Harris said earlier this month that she did not have a position on the dam.

David Siders: 916-321-1215, @davidsiders

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