California Gov. Newsom facing new pressure from environmental groups to block drilling, fracking

By Andrew O’Reilly | Fox News

In the next few weeks, California Gov. Gavin Newsom is slated to announce his administration’s energy policy strategy – and many environmental groups there are hoping it will include plans to end oil and gas drilling in the nation’s most populous state and phase out all fossil fuel extraction.

At the very least, green groups are hoping that Newsom – who campaigned last year on a promise to end controversial extraction methods like fracking and who has been a key figure in the fight to curtail climate change – will create buffer zones for any new oil and gas wells near schools, hospitals and residential neighborhoods and also monitor for dangerous emissions from plugged or abandoned wells.


But as Newsom’s term in Sacramento approaches its fifth month, many of these groups are losing patience as the governor tries to balance a clean energy agenda with the demands of an industry that supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in a state with around 26 million vehicles on the road.

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Anthony W. van Leeuwen
Anthony W. van Leeuwen
2 years ago

If the environmental groups are successful, gas and diesel prices in the State of California may go up by a couple of dollars per gallon or perhaps even more. Furthermore, a severe shortage of fuels may results in rationing. It will have a negative effect on the state’s economy.