Big Oil’s challenge to public safety law SB1137 — which creates a buffer zone between communities and new oil and gas wells — just qualified for the 2024 ballot. At the same time, the head of CalGEM (the government department responsible for regulating oil and gas) resigned. Now, Governor Newsom is set to appoint his replacement. This is a critical opportunity for the Governor to fight back against corporate greed, permanently establish the public safety buffer zone (aka setbacks), and end the revolving door between environmental regulators and Big Oil.
Send a message to the Governor today, and call on him to appoint a new CalGEM head who will establish a 3,200 ft setback statewide, cease issuing permits for new oil and gas extraction, and hold Big Oil responsible for the nearly $12 billion cost of cleaning up California’s aging oil and gas wells — many of which are leaking and poisoning our communities. Governor Newsom has pledged to end oil drilling in California: it’s time for him to appoint a new leader at CalGEM who will hold true to that promise.