SB 1137 Passed the Senate!
VISION Press Release Aug. 31st, 2022
3,200ft Setbacks on New and Existing Wells passes through the Legislature! Environmental justice groups applaud SB 1137 to enact health and safety buffer zones for oil and gas wells.
Senators voted 25-10 in a decisive victory to advance SB 1137 (Gonzalez, Limon) to the Governor’s desk. When signed by Governor Newsom before the September 30th deadline, SB 1137 will prevent new permits for oil and gas drilling within a 3,200ft comprehensive health and safety zone. The bill also will create a pathway to an end of existing drilling in the setback zone by prohibiting operators from seeking rework permits and through a broad set of engineering and pollution controls.
This decisive legislative victory for oil and gas buffer zones comes three years after a broad coalition of environmental justice, public health, labor, youth and environmental organizations first launched an effort to pass statewide setbacks policy.
Governor Newsom, who has publicly championed a phaseout timeline for oil extraction in California, introduced the setbacks bill as part of a late-session set of Climate Pillars. A regulatory effort to achieve setbacks had stalled for years in the state oil and gas regulatory agency, CalGEM, even after residents from across California submitted over 80,000 public comments to the state agency in support of health and safety setbacks.
Updates and Actions
Oil & Gas Setback LA City - The City Council unanimously voted this January directing the City Planning Department to draft an ordinance to phase out oil drilling. There is a Planning Commission hearing that is tentatively scheduled for the 22nd. STAND-LA is encouraging supporters to echo these key points:
Council Members To Call:
Los Angeles Global Climate Strike
Youth Climate Strike LA is hosting LA’s Global Climate Strike here on September 23rd. YCS demands that elected officials stop using the climate crisis as a talking point and commit to transparency and accountability in fighting the crisis. There will be speakers, music, art and a march. Meet at City Hall. RSVP Here - Sept. 23rd, Friday 12pm