California Governor Tells Top Oil Regulator to Phase Out New Fracking by 2024

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April 23, 2021
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The Desert Sun
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Stanford environmental law professor Deborah Sivas said last fall that the governor and state oil regulators have “pretty sweeping power to oversee new wells” under existing state public resource codes. As she reads it, that authority was expanded a few years ago with regard to fracking.

Sivas said then that while she understood Newsom might be hoping to avoid a lawsuit, litigation was likely inevitable, so he could save time by acting right away. Instead, he opted to let the legislature try, but SB 467 went further than what he’d asked them to do.

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