AB 345 would require a 2500 ft setback between oil/gas extraction operations and sensitive communities, including homes, schools, childcare centers and medical facilities. Drilling operations create toxic emissions, and science informs us that 2500 foot setbacks are necessary to protect nearby communities. This is a brave vote for our elected officials to take. We thank Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance) for authoring the bill and our local Assembly members Cecilia Aguiar-Curry, Marc Levine, and Jim Wood for voting yes to advance this bill. The bill will now move over to the Senate with lots more work to do and the oil industry ready to fight. Stay tuned for actions you can take to move this important policy into the win category!
This is a really big deal and the beginning of something big if we can just keep building the movement against fossil fuels and for climate sanity.