Right now, more than 2 million Californians live next to toxic pollution from oil and gas drilling in their neighborhoods. After two years of organizing led by environmental justice advocates, Governor Newsom has instructed the state agency that regulates oil and gas — CalGEM — to establish rules to protect public health from impacts of oil and gas extraction. Now, it’s time to give our input! Join us with your public comment to:
- Support a 3,200-foot setback for new oil and gas wells;
- Demand that the setback rule apply to existing wells; and
- Demand emergency action to ban all new drilling permits within the setback zone until the final rule is in effect.
This hard-won rule is sure to encounter opposition from oil and gas corporations. Your voice is critical in securing public health protections that will save lives. Use the form on this page to tell Governor Newsom and CalGEM Supervisor Uduak-Joe Ntuk to put people’s health before polluters. The deadline for public comment is December 21.
Also, CalGEM is hosting a virtual workshop on Thursday, December 9 to hear comments from California residents. You can register here and find talking points from our allies VISIÓN about why we urgently need setbacks for public health and environmental justice.