- SUNDAY UPDATES! (Last minute anti-fossil fuels bills signed)
- (Updated Saturday a.m. 10/12/19) (HUGE NUMBER OF GUN BILLS SIGNED and HOUSING BILLS)
Action #1 – UPDATE! Ask the Governor to sign AB 342 – “No New Oil Leases Act.” Oil pumps coming to a neighborhood near you!
- AB 342 Public lands” leasing: oil and gas: prohibition APPROVED BY THE GOVERNOR.
On Friday, while we were tranfixed by the political soap opera which is now our presidency, the Trump administration announced it would make 725,000 acres in California’s central coast open to oil and gas lease sales, ending a five-year moratorium. The BLM, ignoring 400 public comments and scientific research to facilitate the administration’s “energy dominion” policy, is now putting both the land, wildlife and people in Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Merced, Monterey, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz and Stanislaus Counties at increased risk of toxic pollution.
The BLM is also looking closer to home with a proposal to conduct new oil and gas development on 1.6 million acres of public land in an area which covers Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Tulare and Ventura counties, includes about 400,000 acres of public land and 1.2 million acres of federal mineral estate, according to the report.
Let’s make this as hard as possible. State lawmakers passed AB 342 to deter companies from drilling on federal land. The bill would prohibit the construction of new oil and gas infrastructure on state land if it is being built to support production of oil and natural gas upon protected federal lands and is sitting on Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk since 9/12.