Environmental groups gather signatures opposing Kern County’s revised oil, gas permitting ordinance

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — A newly-revised oil permitting ordinance for Kern County producers is facing stiff opposition as it heads to the county planning commission Thursday night.

In 2015, California’s Supreme Court struck down part of the county’s old oil and gas expansion ordinance, saying it didn’t achieve certain environmental protections. The new proposal would allow up to 67,000 more wells to be built in Kern County over a period of 20 years, but a coalition of environmental groups and elected leaders are against the proposal.

During a virtual news conference, they argued it wouldn’t go far enough to protect the environment or Kern’s poorest and most vulnerable communities.

The group delivered 7,000 signatures to the planning commission ahead of a hearing that will be held Thursday.

It begins at 7 p.m. and can be viewed on Zoom.

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