In historic move, California to end drilling by 2045

Drilling inflicts irreversible damage on our environment, and now, Californians can finally look forward to the end of this dangerous practice.

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Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

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.

We know that drilling inflicts irreversible damage on our environment, and now, Californians can finally look forward to the end of this dangerous practice. 

On April 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a directive to phase out oil and gas drilling in California no later than 2045 and ban new permits for fracking by 2024, making the Golden State the first in the nation with a commitment of this kind. The governor has tasked the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with bringing California — a state that produced nearly 150 million barrels of crude oil in 2020 — out of the oil age.  

“This action is the beginning of the end of fossil fuel’s dominance and the environmental and public health problems that it causes,” said Environment California State Director Laura Deehan. “The governor’s announcement today crowns the state's move away from the dirty technologies of the past.”

Environment California looks forward to working with CARB on this existentially important project.

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Photo Credit: Richard Thornton via Shutterstock. Caption: As of 2014, there were more than 650 oil and gas fracking wells in California.

Mary Katherine Moore
Creative Associate

Author: Mary Katherine Moore

Creative Associate

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.