California Seeks Strict New Limits on Oil Drilling

If finalized, the new oil drilling rules unveiled by California Governor Gavin Newsom on Oct. 21  would be the most stringent of any state in the nation, topping Colorado’s setback requirement approved last year.


California Governor Gavin Newsom on Oct. 21 unveiled a plan to ban new permitting of oil wells within 3,200 ft (975 m) of communities, calling it a move that will both protect public health and further the state’s goals to combat climate change.

The move is a win for state environmental justice advocates that have long lobbied for stricter regulations around installing oil and gas operations near places where people live.

Studies have linked communities’ proximity to oil and gas developments with higher rates of asthma, birth defects and heart disease, state officials said.

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