WSPA and its member companies look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on practical, fiscally responsible policies that balance today’s economic realities and energy needs with strong, achievable action on climate change.
I stand with tens of thousands of Bay Area energy workers and their families in calling on the Bay Area Quality Management District (BAAQMD) to balance strong emissions rulemaking with today’s economic realities and our shared energy future.
As anticipated, a number of lawsuits have been filed challenging the Kern County oil and gas zoning ordinance amendments and accompanying Environmental Impact Report approved by the Board of Supervisors on November 9, 2015. The Western States Petroleum Association has been named as a party in the lawsuits.
President Obama had an opportunity to reduce our dependency on foreign oil imports, create tens of thousands of new jobs, and ensure access to reliable and affordable energy. Ultimately, decisions about America’s energy future should be based on science and facts. We cannot afford to play politics with our nation’s energy infrastructure, jobs and the economy.
Our members remain committed to protecting underground water supplies and ensuring injection wells are operating safely as regulators continue making steady progress in the review of California’s permitted injection wells.