California May Order Oil, Gas Setbacks Near Schools, Playgrounds

Jan. 28, 2020, 2:05 AM

California could set safety setback rules for oil and gas wells near schools, playgrounds, health care centers, and other public areas, under a bill moving through the state Legislature.

The California Assembly passed AB345 Monday that would order the state Natural Resources Agency to set boundaries between the industry and neighborhoods and public spaces.

The bill by Assembly Member Al Muratsuchi (D) initially required 2,500-foot setbacks but was amended to allow Natural Resources to consider that distance but also have the discretion to set smaller safety areas based on location, mitigation, and other factors.

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