The recently passed Senate Bill 1137 establishes a 3,200′ health protection zone, or setback, for new and reworked oil and gas production facilities. It also requires strict engineering controls for existing operations within the health protection zone. The state oil and gas regulatory agency entrusted with implementing the regulation—the California Geologic Energy Management (CalGEM) Division—is holding a public workshop to get into the particulars.
This virtual public workshop will provide an overview of the requirements established by SB 1137, discuss the plan for implementation of early provisions, and offer an opportunity for public comments.
Passage of this bill is a huge grassroots, environmental justice victory, but we need to pay close attention to the aftermath. CalGEM is notoriously understaffed and its regulatory performance has been judged as ranging anywhere from chronically sluggish to overtly negligent and industry coddling. Come with your questions and comments., and by all means let our regulators know that we are watching.
Questions? Contact CalGEM at:CalGEmPublicTransparency@conservation.ca.gov
Thursday, November 3, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
On your digital device. Or join by telephone: English: 1-888 808 6929 | Passcode: 847183; Spanish: 1-888-455-1820 | Passcode: 8301951