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Governor Seeks to End Fracking and Oil Production in California

April 23, 2021

Governor Newsom released a two-fold announcement today to move towards a full ban on hydraulic fracturing (fracking) by 2024 and study phasing out oil production in the state. The Governor-directed Department of Conservation’s Division of Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) will initiate regulatory action to end the issuance of new permits for fracking by January 2024.

Under the directive, CalGEM will immediately initiate the rulemaking to halt any new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024.  This action follows a September 2020 executive order calling for an end to fracking and initiating an acceleration away from gasoline-powered cars and trucks, and a reduction in demand for fossil fuels.

Governor Newsom also requested that the California Air Resources Board (CARB) analyze pathways to phase out oil extraction across the state by no later than 2045. CARB will evaluate how to phase out oil extraction through the Climate Change scoping plan, the state’s multi-year regulatory and programmatic plan to achieve required reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

Inclusion of the target in the Scoping Plan means that phasing out oil extraction becomes part of California’s blueprint to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2045. CARB will evaluate the economic, environmental, and health benefits and effects of eliminating oil extraction.

For more information, please contact Catherine Freeman, cfreeman@counties.org or Ada Waelder, awaelder@counties.org.

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