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Senators introduce bill to ban fracking in California

California state senators have introduced a new bill that seeks to ban fracking and other controversial oil and gas extraction techniques by 2027. The bill outlaws the government from issuing new fracking permits or renewing old ones as of Jan. 1, 2022.

Senator Scott Wiener, who introduced the bill with Senator Monique Limón, said: “Fracking & other destructive oil extraction methods are deeply harmful to our environment & public health,”

“They contaminate water, increase particulate in the air, & make people sick. And oil is at the heart of climate change. California must lead on climate & public health.”

The senators additionally plan to amend the bill, SB467, to include restrictions on any new oil or gas production near schools, hospitals, and places of long-term accommodation such as prisons. SB467 does mean job losses, however, includes a provision that would require the California Geologic Energy Management division to identify oil workers who have lost their jobs and help them find new work.

“If there’s not a bill, there’s not a conversation,” Limón said. “and it is necessary to have these conversations at the state level about environmental impacts and public health as oil production continues near our homes and schools.”

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