California creates nation’s strongest safety 'buffer zones' around oil drilling

California is the only state where new fracking rigs sit next door to daycare centers. But not for much longer.

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Mary Katherine Moore
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California is the only state where new fracking rigs sit next door to daycare centers. But not for much longer.

On Oct. 21, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to establish 3,200-foot health and safety buffer zones near all new oil and gas extraction sites. The plan would shield homes, schools, hospitals, daycare centers and nursing homes from the dangers of physically proximate drilling. Environment California applauds the measure but looks forward to the total end of oil and gas drilling in the Golden State, which is set to take place in 2045.

“From rising temperatures and wildfires to drought and poor air quality, it’s clear we need to phase out all oil and gas drilling for good,” said Environment California State Director Laura Deehan. “But with these new rules, California will have the strongest safety buffer zones in the country.” 

Environment California will continue working to advance the state’s clean energy goals and transition away from dirty fossil fuels. 

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Photo: A fracking rig lies next to a walking and bike path for in Los Angeles' Signal Hill. Credit: Sarah Craig/Faces of Fracking via Flickr, CC By NC-ND

 

Mary Katherine Moore
Content Creator

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Content Creator

Started on staff: 2020
B.A., magna cum laude, Boston University

Mary Katherine creates print and digital content with the Creative Team for The Public Interest Network, with a focus on Environment America and its state affiliates. Mary Katherine lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she enjoys reading, running, baking and hiking.