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California Governor Gavin Newsom has announced plans to ban hydraulic fracturing by 2024 as part of a longer-term goal to end all oil extraction in the state.
The governor has ordered the top state oil regulator to implement a regulation that will stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024. He also ordered the state air resources agency to consider ways to completely abolish oil extraction by 2045.
“The climate crisis is real and we are still seeing signs every day,” Newsom said it said in a press release Friday. “As we move toward the rapid decarbonisation of our transportation sector and the creation of a healthier future for our children, I have made it clear that I do not see the role of fracking in that future and, similarly, believe that California must move beyond oil.”
The plan coincides with the broader goal of the state to achieve net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2045.
Newsom’s order follows a more aggressive plan to ban oil and gas production died in the State Senate last week.
After the failure of the law, Rock Rock Zierman, executive director of the California Independent Petroleum Association, told Desert sun to destroy tens of thousands of jobs “in parts of the state struggling in this post-pandemic economy”.
“We will continue to oppose laws that only increase our reliance on foreign oil that raises gas prices, contributes to pollution in our crowded ports and is produced without California environmental or humanitarian values,” he said.
Under Newson’s plan, the state Air Resources Committee will assess the economic, environmental and health benefits and effects of ending oil extraction.
In September, He told News that fracking accounts for less than 2% of the country’s oil production, but that the plan to end the practice is a “symbolic” step. However, some industry groups put that figure at close to 20%.
The governor said earlier that he lacked the executive power to ban fracking and asked lawmakers to approve the restrictions.
Newsom is now using its powers to take over the country’s powerful oil and gas giants during the year it is likely to face recall elections.
California would be the largest oil-producing state to ban fracking. Groups of environmentalists – who claim the shooting drains water levels, harms public health and contributes to global warming – say the 2024 and 2045 deadlines are too late.
“Although setting a precedent, both time series are not aggressive enough,” the California Sierra Club said it is stated in the statement. “They are failing to meet the urgency of the climate crisis we are facing and are protecting side communities facing the burden of fossil fuel pollution that still needs immediate health and safety protection.”