California Governor Moves To Ban Fracking By 2024 : NPR

A fracking site in Kern County, California. In fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing – oil is pumped deep underground with a high pressure water mixture to break up rock. Hide caption from Citizens of the Planet / Education Images / Universal Images Group via Getty

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A fracking site in Kern County, California. In fracking – short for hydraulic fracturing – oil is pumped deep underground with a high pressure water mixture to break up rock.

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California Governor Gavin Newsom announced plans to ban hydraulic fracturing by 2024 to end oil production in the state for longer periods.

The governor has ordered the state’s top oil regulator to implement the ordinance to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024. He has also directed the state’s Air Resources Authority to look into ways to completely cease oil production by 2045.

“The climate crisis is real and we see the signs every day,” Newsom said said in a press release on Friday. “As we strive to rapidly decarbonise our transportation sector and create a healthier future for our children, I made it clear that I see no role for fracking in that future, and I also believe that California needs to go beyond oil.”

The plan is in line with the state’s overall goal of net zero carbon emissions by 2045.

Newsom’s order follows a more aggressive plan to ban oil and gas exploration died in the Senate last week.

Following the failure of the bill, California Independent Petroleum Association CEO Rock Zierman told The Desert Sun that tens of thousands of jobs “in parts of the state struggling in this post-pandemic economy” had been killed.

“We will continue to speak out against bills that only add to our reliance on foreign oil, which drives up gas prices, pollutes our overcrowded ports, and is produced without the environmental protection or humanitarian values ​​of California,” he said.

Under Newson’s plan, the state’s Air Resources Board will evaluate the economic, environmental, and health benefits and effects of ending oil production.

In September, Newsom said This fracking accounts for less than 2% of government oil production, but the plan to end the practice is a “symbolic” move. However, some industry groups estimate this number to be closer to 20%.

The governor previously said he lacks the executive power to ban fracking and has reached out to lawmakers to approve limits.

Now Newsom is using his authority to take over the state’s powerful oil and gas giants in a year that is likely to face a recall election.

California would be the largest oil producing state to ban fracking. Environmentalist groups who argue that fracking lowers water levels, harms public health and contributes to global warming say the deadlines for 2024 and 2045 are too late.

“Although the precedents are set, both schedules are not aggressive enough,” said the California Sierra Club said in a statement. “They do not meet the urgency of the climate crisis we are facing and protect the frontline communities that are facing the brunt of fossil fuel pollution that still need immediate health and safety protection.”

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