Local lawmakers respond to Gov. Newsom’s fracking moratorium

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FILE – This Jan. 16, 2015, file photo shows pumpjacks operating at the Kern River Oil Field, in Bakersfield, Calif. Some Democratic presidential hopefuls are calling for fracking bans. It may play well with some of the party’s base, but it could be risky. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Local legislators issued responses to Gov. Gavin Newsom’s halt to fracking licenses Tuesday.

State Sen. Shannon Grove:

“California’s thirst for oil will not reduce a single barrel by this policy, but as a result we will import more foreign oil and export California’s cash. We are a world leader in environmental policy and regulate the oil industry like no other state or country. Those strict regulations are in place to ensure the safety of all operations and that environmental responsibility is held to the highest standard.

Today’s announcement simply means the Golden State will rely on more of our oil supply shipped in from foreign countries whose environmental policies and humanitarian treatment are far below California’s standards. The Democrats and the governor’s ideological policies will fail to protect our environment and not benefit our economy.

Furthermore, the bulk of Kern County’s new oil production will be severely impacted by this policy, as well as future capital investment by the producers. If those producers cannot confidently invest in this area, then they will invest elsewhere. The reduction in capital investment will be in the hundreds of millions of dollars in the next twelve months.”

Sen. Shannon Grove

Assemblymember Vince Fong:

“Our local petroleum industry is a vital partner in our community and our state. Our local workers ensure our communities have reliable and affordable energy. Any actions taken by Sacramento must be based on a rigorous scientific approach. I will work to ensure we proceed with a fact-based process.”

Assemblymember Vince Fong

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