California to Study Oil, Gas Fugitive Emissions

Oct. 12, 2019, 8:13 PM

Two California state agencies will examine defunct oil and gas wells to measure if greenhouse gases, toxic air contaminants, volatile organic compounds, and other pollutants are escaping into the air.

Under a bill signed Oct. 12 by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), the California Air Resources Board and the Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources will examine up to 500 idle, deserted, and abandoned wells to see if so-called fugitive emissions are getting into the air.

Those pollutants could pose a threat to nearby residents and contribute to climate change, said state Assemblymember Chris Holden (D), who authored the ...

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