Gov. Gavin Newsom, in the Central Valley on Wednesday for a firsthand look at one of the largest oil spills in California history, vowed to go beyond the state’s already aggressive efforts to curtail the use of fossil fuels and seek a long-term strategy to reduce oil production.
Gov. Gavin Newsom is briefed on a million-gallon spill in McKittrick by Billy Lacobie of Chevron, center, and Jason Marshall of California Department of Conservation Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources.
While the incoming administration was still learning the ropes in Sacramento, agency employees quietly doubled the rate of hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) permits issued to oil companies.
In response, Gov. Gavin Newsom took swift and decisive action, firing the head of the agency and vowing to appoint a replacement who shares his opposition to fracking.
BLM finds minimal fracking risks in California
A long-running legal battle over federal oil-and-gas leasing in California may be nearing resolution after new findings by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management that the oilfield technique known as fracking does not pose undue environmental harm to 1.2 million acres in Kern County and other parts of California. – https://www.bakersfield.com
The BLM held three public meetings and received approximately 16,000 comments, of which 118 comments were unique and substantive, during the Draft Supplemental EIS 45-day public comment period from April to June 2019.
Oil and gas development on BLM-managed public lands within the Bakersfield Field Office planning area generate approximately 3,500 jobs and more than $200 million in economic benefit annually. The BLM collects a 12.5% royalty on every barrel of oil and gas produced on Federal minerals, which ranges between $65-90 million per year. The BLM shares with California roughly 50% of oil and gas royalties collected with the remaining 50% in oil and gas royalties being paid to the Treasury. Public lands in California contribute to less than 10% of the total oil and gas activity in the state. – https://www.blm.gov
shout out to the those drilling in Cali. – http://www.gsdrilling.com/team.html
Judge reopens fracking ban case without objections in Colorado
The Longmont Times-Call reported Friday that the ruling reopens a case examining the legality of Longmont’s voter-approved fracking ban without hearing the plaintiff’s objections.
Officials say the Colorado Supreme Court ruled the ban conflicted with the state Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Act in 2016.
Anti-fracking groups say they plan to argue the legality of the ban after a recently approved Senate Bill is believed to supersede the former ruling.