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California bill to ban fracking dies in state senate committee

A tough bill that would have banned oil and gas production across California and required a 2,500-foot buffer between drilling sites and schools, home and playgrounds died in a committee vote in Sacramento on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 467 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Sen. Monique Limon (D-San Francisco) failed to muster the five votes needed to move it out of the Senate Natural Resources and Water Committee.

Wiener decried the lack of a statewide public health buffer as “a stain” on California’s vaunted global environmental reputation, noting even oil-friendly Texas has one.

“In California it is legal to drill next to someone’s home and that is indefensible. And when Texas has setbacks and California doesn’t, I think that speaks volumes,” said Wiener. “No offense to Texas.”

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2021-04-13 21:23:09

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