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San Jose, Oakland Pump Up Natural Gas Bans in New Buildings

Dec. 2, 2020, 7:49 PM

Two San Francisco Bay Area cities have adopted or expanded restrictions on natural gas hookups in buildings with few exceptions, joining a growing number of California municipalities that are putting the clamp on gas.

The San Jose City Council late Tuesday amended an ordinance to prohibit gas hookups in all types of construction, except for hospitals, starting in June 2021. Establishments with food preparation equipment, accessory dwelling units, and industrial and manufacturing facilities, will get a limited hardship exemption though Dec. 31, 2022.

Natural gas combustion is primarily methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The infrastructure and transport create health, safety,...

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