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California governor signs bill limiting oil, gas development

 

Last updated 10/16/2019 at 11:57am

In this July 12, file photo, Gov. Gavin Newsom discusses his decision to fire state Oil and Gas Supervisor Ken Harris while talking with reporters at his office in Sacramento. Newsom says he fired Harris July 11, because he did not "exercise consistency" with the governor's opposition to hydraulic fracturing. Newsom has signed a law Saturday, Oct. 12, intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land. AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file photo

The Associated Press

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law Saturday, Oct. 12, intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.

The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.

The law sends a "clear message to (President Donald) Trump that we will fight to protect these beautiful lands for current and fut...



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