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2021 Press Releases

Senators Wiener and Limón Introduce Legislation to Ban Fracking and Other Destructive Oil Extraction Methods and to Require Distance Between Oil Extraction and Homes and Schools

EDC’s Staff Attorney, Tara Messing, joined Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Monique Limón (D-Santa Barbara) as they introduced new legislation (SB 467) which halts the issuance or renewal of permits for hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acid well stimulation treatments, cyclic steaming, and water and steam flooding starting January 1, 2022, and then prohibits these extraction methods entirely starting January 1, 2027. It will also require distance between oil extraction and homes and schools.

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Ocean Advocates Applaud Biden Administration’s Actions on Ocean Protection

California advocates are celebrating today’s announcement from the Biden administration to halt oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters. Advocates with the Protect the Pacific Coalitioncite the need to protect the U.S. coastal economy from the risks of oil spills, the growing urgency of addressing the climate crisis, and the potential for healthy oceans to serve as a powerful climate solution.

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