California, one of the country’s largest producers of oil and natural gas, may soon ban new well drilling anywhere near living spaces.
The proposed regulation unveiled On Thursday, the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) would ban new drilling 3,200 feet or closer to residential housing, schools and many other homes.
“Over 2 million Californians live in [one-half of] a mile from oil drilling sites, resulting in birth defects, asthma, child health risks and more, ”the governor’s office said Thursday.
The buffer zone would include “private homes, condominiums, apartments and dwellings; educational resources such as preschools and kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12); day care centers; any building housing a business open to the public; and health facilities such as hospitals or nursing and care homes.
The proposal also includes long-term care hospitals, hospices, prisons and dormitories or similar accommodation.
The buffer zone would not apply to existing wells but would prohibit the “re-drilling” of an existing well, which is a common practice in the natural resource extraction industry.
“We are committed to protecting public health, the economy and our environment as we move towards a greener future that takes into account the realities of the climate crisis we all face,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said on Thursday. a neighborhood in Los Angeles.
The announcement came days after a major oil spill in Southern California blanketed beaches in crude oil and killed wildlife.
The ban is part of Newsom’s plan to phase out oil drilling in the state by 2045.
Opponents of the new regulation said the measure was irresponsible.
“Just a few weeks ago, President Biden called on OPEC countries such as Saudi Arabia, Iran, Iraq and Venezuela to produce more oil to lower energy costs and ensure reliability. Today, Governor Newsom took the opposite course and proposed a backlash regulation that could increase costs and reduce the reliability of our energy supply, ”said Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President and CEO of the Western States Petroleum Association. “The oil and gas industry is not opposed to setbacks and, in fact, has supported many local setbacks that are based on science, data and rigorous health assessments. But this state approach will eliminate tax revenues and community benefits, increase costs for everyone, and put thousands of people out of work.
The change could be felt nationwide, as the state is a major producer of crude oil and natural gas.
Californian ranks seventh in terms of the states that produce the most oil. In Southern California, derricks dot the coastline, often scattered between residential and commercial centers overlooking the ocean. According to At the California Department of Conservation, there are 242,000 wells in the state, of which nearly 101,300 are considered active or inactive oil producers.
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Original author: Cole Lauterbach | The central square