On Thursday the California state Senate rejected a bill that would have put a temporary stop to fracking in the state.
Both Republicans and Democrats supported the defeat of the proposal.
This is the second year in a row such a bill has been turned down.
Dave Quast, California director of Energy in Depth said, “This is the second time a house of the California state legislature has soundly rejected a moratorium on a routine practice that’s been deemed safe repeatedly.”
Fracking opponents now hope that Democratic Governor Jerry Brown will use an executive order to stop fracking activity.
According to sources, the odds of the Governor issuing such an order are miniscule.