BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) –The Kern County Board of Supervisors has authorized the county to file a lawsuit against the state for its actions targeting the oil and gas industry.
Supervisor Phillip Peters said the board voted 4-1 in closed session in favor of authorizing the lawsuit in an effort to stop the implementation of anti-oil legislation in Kern and the rest of the state. Supervisor Leticia Perez voted against the action.
“The time for talk appears to be over based on the governor’s recent actions,” Peters said. “Gov. Newsom’s recent overzealous, reckless and unconstitutional attack on Kern County’s oil and gas industry is totally unacceptable. The governor’s conduct directly puts at risk the livelihoods of nearly one million Kern County residents.”
Earlier this summer, the state denied 21 new fracking permits in Kern County as part of Gov. Newsom’s effort to phase out new fracking in the state by 2024 and end all in-state oil production by 2045.
When asked if the recall election that Newsom is facing motivated the board to pursue the legal action, Peters responded that it was all ‘coincidental timing’ but added that ‘there’s a reason why he [Newsom] is getting recalled.”