California Seeks to Stop Oil, Gas Exploration on Protected Land

Sept. 9, 2019, 11:58 PM

The California legislature doesn’t want the Trump administration to open federal lands within the state for oil and natural gas exploration.

The state Assembly on Sept. 9 approved a bill (AB 342) that would prohibit state agencies from issuing permits or leases that link to new oil and gas projects on land that is or was at one time federally protected. It’s in response to federal actions to slim down protected land and open it up for exploration.

The bill now heads to Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) for signature or veto. If signed, the prohibition would include national monuments, ...

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