An ordinance being considered by the Kern County Board of Supervisors would fast-track more than 67,000 new oil and gas wells without any meaningful environmental oversight—nearly doubling the number of wells already there.
The southern Central Valley has some of the worst air pollution in the nation, and oil and gas production is a leading cause. Kern County is home to about 80% of California’s oil and gas production, even without the proposed increase. More than 71,000 people already live within 2,500 feet of oil and gas wells. The proposed ordinance would be a disaster for residents’ health and for California’s climate goals.
Four ways to take action:
- Register to attend the virtual February 11, 7 pm Planning Commission meeting. If you want to provide a public comment during the meeting, you must register by 5 pm the day before (Wednesday, February 10): call the Planning Commission Clerk of Communications at 661-862-8647 and provide your name and phone number, along with the agenda item number of this issue. You can find the agenda number on the commission’s website where it will be posted 48 hours before the meeting. Or check CRPE’s Facebook page within the same time frame.
- Submit a voicemail comment to the Planning Commission through a #StandWithKern comment line: 1-844-332-1339. Your voicemail will be played during the February 11 meeting.
- Email your public comment to email@example.com before noon on February 11.
- Sign this petition to the Kern County Board of Supervisors and Governor Newsom.
Here’s a fact sheet to assist with talking points.
Planning Commission meeting:
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm