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-1582750821 Feb 26, 2020 01:00 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

The pay off for Democrats pushing more Big Government is the voting block it creates. Then elections become an existential face off between the highly disciplined Big Government interests, and the rest of us. Just can't stay home any more, or say things will never change so my vote does not matter. They have changed, and not for the good. First rule, the candidate who raises the most money from public sector union interests is NOT the best candidate. Break the grip the public sector unions now have on this body politic. That is the first step. Then hold any successor's feet to the fire when we see a Democrat vs Democrat jungle primaries. Don't let them sell out as soon as they get elected.

a-1582753274 Feb 26, 2020 01:41 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

I was born in Los Angles in the 1950s, so as a long-time resident I can tell you things used to be much better in terms of crime, gangs, cost of living, taxes, traffic, government restrictions, profitable business opportunities, personal freedoms, freedom of speech, homelessness, etc, etc. Of course, like most young people, I was a staunch Democrat and supported all those progressive policies for a long time until several years ago when I came to realize what a money-grab state this was becoming. Those who claim "California has never been better" must not have lived here that long or else wear blinders and don't mind everything negative that has been mentioned. Or perhaps you enjoy the government trying to control every aspect of your life and your business, while also imposing their moral values on you. Other than the weather, this former "Golden" state is in trouble, it's sinking, and people like Newsom and Carbajal are not helping. There is a reason large companies and many of the remaining middle class are leaving. There is no way to change what's going on because of radical, liberal one-party dominant voting element. I have capitulated, which is why my wife and I will be joining the exodus ourselves next year. Adios, good riddance, and we won't miss you a bit, but it is a shame so many California natives have been driven out. So we will be leaving you with a populace comprised mainly of Democrats, the very wealthy, the poor, legal immigrants, the illegals, and the criminals whom the judicial systems sees fit to release from prison. Good luck.

a-1582746403 Feb 26, 2020 11:46 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Caldwell is just the last in a line of empty suit, lambs to the slaughter, that the local, weak, GOP rolls out every two years. He will join that illustrious roll of losers: Justin, I am kinda an ex football star Fareed X2, Chris, Cracked Actor, Mitchum. ect.

bigone Feb 26, 2020 03:39 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

At 01:36 pm: If I'm not mistaken, the GOP initially thought Trump couldn't win, either, and didn't support him financially in the beginning. Of course, with the highly dominant Democratic voter base here, you may be correct in assuming the GOP doesn't want to throw good money at a possibly lost cause. It's interesting that many of Caldwell's campaign contributions have come from individuals and small local businesses, unlike Carbajal, whose political financial donor list reads like a who's who of big money, big government, and lobby groups. But I wouldn't be so quick to state Caldwell has no chance to win; to quote Comrade Bolshevik Bernie, "Everything's impossible until it happens." I think a lot of Independents and even some moderate Democrats are getting fed up with where the Democratic party has taken this state and country and where it plans to go; there are certainly a lot of negative comments about Carbajal on this thread. The recent polls show Trump's approval rating at the highest level ever, even higher than Obama's and certainly Clinton's at the same point in their Presidency's. Given the amount of pleading requests I receive from Adam Schiff for money (the Democratic party must think I'm still one of them, as I used to be registered as a Democrat), I sense there is fear spreading among the Democrats that voters are shifting away from their radical progressive agendas and moving to the Right. Time will tell with the 2020 elections.

a-1582762387 Feb 26, 2020 04:13 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

BIGONE jest makes it up as he / she goes along. Caldwell has no GOP opponents unlike Don Dump during the 2016 primary. Andy is a lost cause and the GOP is unwilling to waste money on his campaign. Yes one poll puts Trump's approval rating higher than his disapproval rating. Every other poll still shows more that more Americans disapprove than approve of the Orange Outrage. In February 2012 Obama had an approval rating of 48% vs Dump's current rating of 43%. Just another MAGA cultist with a vague connection to facts and reality.

a-1582762529 Feb 26, 2020 04:15 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Hey JQB, Bernie said that word for word last night at the debate. Perhaps you were too busy to watch. So keep digging. Comrade was channeling and old Mandela comment "It always seems impossible until it is done."

a-1582764351 Feb 26, 2020 04:45 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Really 04:13? Au contraire, mon ami. I think it is the liberal camp that are cultists and far removed from reality with their TDS and vague connection to facts. Read the latest Gallup numbers below. You must all be worried with 43% of Independents now approving Trump, the highest yet. He will be reelected, and there is nothing the weak Democratic party candidates can do about that but continue to whine for the next five years. Of course, Democrats hate Trump and people like Caldwell, just as conservatives support Trump and Caldwell. I'm sure if a poll was taken of Carbajal, the numbers would speak the same. The division in this country continues, and contrary to the Left's assessment, it is NOT being driven by the Right. Perhaps if the Left would support at least some of the current Administration's goals, we wouldn't be so divided. By the way, the Gallup poll, considered one of the most objective and accurate polls by many, and mentioned here, indicated Obama was at a 45% approval rating between February 27-March 4 in the same time period in the White House Trump occupancy period, so I'm not sure where you are getting your data. So,
from Gallup six days ago " President Donald Trump's job approval remains elevated at 49% in the latest Gallup poll, the same as in the previous poll and up five points from an early January poll conducted before Trump was acquitted by the Senate in his impeachment trial.
As in the prior poll, conducted Jan. 16-29, the approval rating from the Feb. 3-16 poll reflects record polarization for a single Gallup poll, with 87 percentage points separating the ratings of Republicans (93%) and Democrats (6%). Forty-three percent of independents approve of Trump, the highest rating for him among the group to date. President Trump’s approval rating remains at a personal best 49%.

jqb Feb 26, 2020 05:16 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Whoosh! The BIG point went way over your ONE head. You attacking Bernie for channeling a great heroic opponent of racism and oppression is a typical bad look. (The idea actually goes back a lot further than Mandela, to Pliny the Elder.)

a-1582769490 Feb 26, 2020 06:11 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Didn't attack Bernie JQB. Complimented him for saying the impossible is possible as a rebuttal to the other comment that Caldwell could not possibly beat Carbajal. But, of course, anything the Right says is construed as RACIST and FASCIST to the Left. Typical of you folks. Many of us wish the radical Left would stop sowing your seeds of hatred and bitterness directed at conservatives and start doing something to heal this country's division.

a-1582796169 Feb 27, 2020 01:36 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Some local enough oil news: https://www.bakersfield.com/news/appeals-court-rejects-kern-s-oil-permitting-system/article_e1915b74-5832-11ea-a7b1-bf875e36b605.html?te=1&nl=california-today&emc=edit_ca_20200226&campaign_id=49&instance_id=16299&segment_id=21637&user_id=cbfb792000a61325f4177436cfe9e79f&regi_id=7882237020200226

a-1582796232 Feb 27, 2020 01:37 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

2/25/20: "In a major legal defeat for Kern's oil industry, an appeals court on Tuesday struck down the county's landmark zoning ordinance that in 2015 turned local oil permitting into a streamlined process all but immune from environmental challenges."

turbill1 Feb 27, 2020 11:53 AM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Carbajal is grandstanding for his radical Democrat base. Stopping oil drilling does nothing because it just means more oil is imported by oil tanker through out coastline to replace it. CA brings in 1.2 million barrels a day by oil tanker meaning an oil tanker spill disaster is waiting to happen every day. Why would Carbajal want to increase the amount of imported oil in CA? That is a very good question. Why do Democrats want to increase the probability of a major coastal oil spill? Why are environmental groups behind this? The only way to reduce fossil fuel use is by limiting gasoline consumption at the gas pump and limiting natural gas consumption in the home. That will accomplish something. Carbajal's grandstanding does nothing.

turbill1 Feb 27, 2020 01:04 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Carbajal is grandstanding for his radical Democrat base. Stopping oil drilling does nothing because it just means more oil is imported by oil tanker through out coastline to replace it. CA brings in 1.2 million barrels a day by oil tanker meaning an oil tanker spill disaster is waiting to happen every day. Why would Carbajal want to increase the amount of imported oil in CA? That is a very good question. Why do Democrats want to increase the probability of a major coastal oil spill? Why are environmental groups behind this? The only way to reduce fossil fuel use is by limiting gasoline consumption at the gas pump and limiting natural gas consumption in the home. That will accomplish something. Carbajal's grandstanding does nothing.

turbill1 Feb 27, 2020 02:05 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

Carbajal is grandstanding for his radical Democrat base. Stopping oil drilling does nothing because it just means more oil is imported by oil tanker through out coastline to replace it. CA brings in 1.2 million barrels a day by oil tanker meaning an oil tanker spill disaster is waiting to happen every day. Why would Carbajal want to increase the amount of imported oil in CA? That is a very good question. Why do Democrats want to increase the probability of a major coastal oil spill? Why are environmental groups behind this? The only way to reduce fossil fuel use is by limiting gasoline consumption at the gas pump and limiting natural gas consumption in the home. That will accomplish something. Carbajal's grandstanding does nothing.

a-1582928938 Feb 28, 2020 02:28 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

In similar news: Feb. 28, 2020 at 11:16 a.m. PST Washington Post ----------------------------------------------
A federal judge in Idaho ruled Thursday that a Trump administration policy limiting public input on oil and gas leasing decisions was “arbitrary and capricious,” overturning the 2018 directive and voiding nearly 1 million acres of leases out West as a result.
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The ruling by U.S. Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush represented a win for environmentalists, who challenged the leasing policy as part of a broader effort to block drilling in habitat for the imperiled greater sage-grouse. The contested area spans 67 million acres across 11 Western states.
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As the Trump administration has pushed to expand domestic energy production — earlier this month the Interior Department celebrated the fact that last year more than 1 billion barrels of oil were produced from drilling offshore and on public land — it has adopted several measures to curb public comment on regulatory decisions. While the effort has accelerated the timeline for drilling, it has also raised legal concerns."

a-1582929155 Feb 28, 2020 02:32 PM
Carbajal Introduces Bill to Halt Future Oil and Gas Drilling

"“Faster and easier lease sales, at the expense of public participation, is not enough,” wrote the judge, who reinstated previous requirements that call for a 30-day public comment and administrative protest period. Bush noted that the memo setting the new terms for leasing was issued without soliciting public comment and was “more edict in nature” than advisory. Energy industry officials decried the ruling, saying the plaintiffs deliberately chose to sue in Idaho because the state does not have much oil and gas development.

“This decision is so divorced from the rule of law that you would be hard pressed [to find] another judge in the entire federal court system who would say that producing leases should be canceled because of a minor question of process,” said Western Energy Alliance President Kathleen Sgamma, whose group represents oil and gas firms and intervened in the case on the federal government’s side. BLM spokesman Derrick Henry said in an email Thursday that the directive at issue was part of the agency’s effort to make “common-sense adjustments” to how minerals are developed on federal land.

“In particular, we remain committed to a simpler, more effective leasing process,” Henry said. “To do this, we have been working within our legal authorities to alleviate or eliminate unnecessary and burdensome regulations, while at the same time upholding public health and environmental protections, including sage-grouse conservation.”"

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