The Los Angeles City Council on Friday voted overwhelmingly to take the first step banning fracking at oil and gas wells in the city until it can be shown the activity will not harm the environment or public health.

The Council voted 10-0 to instruct City Attorney Mike Feuer to draft an ordinance changing the city’s zoning code to prohibit oil and gas well stimulation activities, including hydraulic fracturing, acid injection and gravel packing...

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