OROVILLE, Calif. -

 A measure to ban fracking will go before Butte County voters in 2016.  On Tuesday morning the Butte County Board of Supervisors voted to allow a popular vote in the November 2016 election on a measure that would end fracking, which refers to the procedure of creating fractures in rocks and rock formations to extract oil and natural gas but opponents say the procedure contaminates the water supply.

Opponents of fracking had hoped the measure would go before voters sooner, but a 30-day review requested by the supervisors delayed the measure and thus prevented it from being ready for this November's election.

County staff is working on an alternate anti-fracking plan that would make the 2016 vote unnecessary. It will be ready for consideration by October 1.