At least one California county is prepared to take on Gov. Newsom and his plan to shrink and possibly phase out California’s oil industry, Kallanish Energy understands.
Kern County’s board of supervisors this week voted 5-0 to invite the industry to make a public presentation about the impacts of new state oil regulations, organize a coalition to tell Sacramento about the industry’s local importance, and consider declaring an “economic crisis” if facts support it.
“The arrogance and hypocrisy of this administration to deny Californians access to our own natural resources is appalling,” the action’s author, Second District supervisor Zack Scrivner, told the Bakersfield Californian. “Enough is enough.”
Newsom’s office did not respond to requests for comment, the Californian reported.
The Kern County board’s action came three weeks after the Newsom administration unveiled a three-pronged regulatory plan to expand the oil crackdown the governor began last summer.
Newsom, under pressure from environmental activists, has also included $1.5 million in the state budget to fund a study looking at how to cut petroleum supply and demand in California as the state moves toward its stated goal of carbon neutrality by 2045.
More than 75% of California’s in-state oil production originates in Kern County.
The measure approved by supervisors calls on county administrative officer Ryan Alsop and Kern’s director of Planning and Natural Resources, Lorelei Oviatt, to invite the oil industry to make a presentation to the board about their ability to operate in California and maintain a stable business amid increased regulation, the Californian reported.
It also calls on Alsop and Oviatt to organize a coalition supportive of the industry that will tell the governor and politicians in the California capital of Sacramento how valuable oil and gas production is to local neighborhoods and families.
Alsop and Oviatt were further ordered to report back to the board on the likely impacts of the governor’s “threat to the fiscal stability of the county.” The measure states the board can contemplate making an economic-crisis declaration, if such action is seen as justified.
Scrivner called the governor’s anti-oil actions “irresponsible and insulting.”
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