Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

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Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling
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Source: Office of Rep. Salud Carbajal

[On Friday], Rep. Salud Carbajal (CA-24) introduced the California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act to place a moratorium on fracking and new oil and gas drilling on federal lands on California’s central and southern coasts. This is direct pushback on the Trump administration’s decision allowing the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to pursue oil and gas leasing on over 1.2 million acres of California land, including San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26) is an original co-sponsor of this bill.

“We cannot stand by as the Trump administration pollutes our environment and auctions off our public lands, health, safety and economy,” said Carbajal. “My bill will stop the Bureau of Land Management from proceeding with any oil and gas activities that are detrimental to our environment, it promotes comprehensive research and it enhances environmental justice in our communities. The health of our Central Coast public land is key to the health of our communities—we will not be exploited by this administration and special interests.”

“In Ventura County, we pride ourselves on being good stewards of the environment,” said Congresswoman Julia Brownley. “The Bureau of Land Management has a responsibility to protect our public lands for future generations, but its recent actions to open up lands for drilling and fracking, including in Ventura County, are at odds with that mission. I am proud to be a co-sponsor of the California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act because our public lands must be protected from the harmful impacts of drilling and fracking.”

California’s Land Preservation and Protection Act prohibits BLM from authorizing future oil and gas leasing until the department publishes a comprehensive environmental impact statement to assess potential effects on climate change, air quality, water, wildlife, emissions, impacted communities—including low-income and indigenous communities, and communities of color—and more. If the evaluation finds adverse impacts, BLM cannot move forward with new drilling and development.

On December 12, 2019, BLM announced the decision to allow for new oil and gas leasing in California. Shortly after, the Trump administration faced lawsuits from the state of California, Los Padres ForestWatch and Center for Biological Diversity.

Full bill text can be found here.

Rep. Salud Carbajal represents California’s 24th congressional district, encompassing Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and part of Ventura County. In Congress, Carbajal has been a longstanding environmental champion, passing three of his environmental bills through the House this term.

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a-1594284126 Feb 23, 2020 03:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

No, Salud, it is not time to go. Because the alternative is an anti-woman, anti-public education whiner. Let's not forget his opponent for years belittled the women who served on the Board of Supervisors, calling them the 'twisted sisters' (read 'hags/witches'). The media let him get away with that like he was being 'cute'. No. That would not be allowed today. He was/is a sexist with a Capital S. And then don't forget his railing against those 'sinners' down at UCSB. Wild godless youth. Just get into the COLAB archives and read for yourselves. He has no use for public schools, having his wife home school his brood of 7 in Nipomo while he was out hobnobbing with the oil industry in SB County. So, no, it is not time for Salud to go.

macpuzl Feb 23, 2020 01:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Thank you, Congressman Carbajal, for voting in the best interests of your constituents, and not caving in to the moneyed interests of big carbon. Too bad more people in government, especially the current administration, do not have your integrity and ethics. And too bad, especially in this day and age, that anyone is ignorant enough to fall for the falsehoods promulgated by the fossil fuel industries.

CoastWatch Feb 23, 2020 12:54 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Salud and everyone in his office better practice what they preach... No more flights to DC, and Sacramento, No more driving gas powered vehicles, no more UPS and FED EX deliveries, no more cushions on their recliners and couches....etc, etc... Hypocrites.

jqb Feb 24, 2020 10:07 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

You're new here, LINA24. The fellow with the vaguely environmentalist-sounding name is part of the contingent of science-denying (and generally truth denying) right wing ideologues who frequently comment here.

a-1594284126 Feb 23, 2020 11:55 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Such a flurry of press releases from our do-nothing congressperson, Salud Carbajal. What is the fine line between using public funds for campaign purposes and suspiciously-timed official, tax payer funded press releases? Thanks for wasting the last two years on a fools errand in Congress and not getting anything else done. Time to go, Salud.


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