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California May Demand Pollution Check of Idle Oil Wells (Corrected)

Sept. 13, 2019, 1:21 AMUpdated: Oct. 7, 2019, 3:55 PM

Two California state agencies would be charged with checking for fugitive emissions at idle and abandoned oil and gas wells under legislation headed for the desk of Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Lawmakers on Sept. 12 gave final approval to AB1328, which would require the California Air Resources Board and the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to study greenhouse gases, toxic air contaminants, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants that could be escaping into the air.

The study price would be capped at $1 million.

California is home to hundreds of oil and gas sites. Many are located ...

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