California Governor signs new bill limiting development

According to a new article in the LA Times, Governor Gavin Newsom signed a new bill this weekend; introduced by Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, this bill counters the recent Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production in areas of California.
Additionally a new law renaming the California Agency that regulates the Industry was also signed, this includes new mission statements which cover “protecting public health” and “environmental quality” .


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Gov. Gavin Newsom signs bill limiting oil and gas development

By Associated Press Oct. 12, 2019 4:23 PM

Pumpjacks operate at the Kern River Oil Field in Bakersfield in 2015. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.(Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

SACRAMENTO —  California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.

The law sends a “clear message to [President] Trump that we will fight to protect these beautiful lands for current and future generations,” said Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Rolling Hills Estates), who introduced it.

It’s one of several new laws enacted by the governor in recent days.

Newsom also signed a law that renames the California agency that regulates the oil and gas industry. Language in the measure states the mission of the newly christened Geologic Energy Management Division includes protecting public health and environmental quality.

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