Governor orders regulator’s ouster after reports by Desert Sun, watchdogs

by Janet Wilson, Palm Springs Desert Sun

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Thursday directed his secretary of natural resources to fire Ken Harris, the state’s top oil regulator, after learning from The Desert Sun/USA TODAY and watchdog groups that fracking permits have doubled without his knowledge since he took office and that seven supervisors charged with regulating the industry own shares in major oil companies.

Ann O’Leary, chief of staff to Newsom, sent a letter to Wade Crowfoot, California’s secretary for Natural Resources, asking him to immediately make several changes in the Department of Conservation, including firing Harris.

Read more: https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/07/11/california-governor-gavin-newsom-orders-firing-state-top-oil-regulator/1710651001/?utm_source=usatoday-Climate%20Point&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=narrative&utm_term=article_body

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