Air Quality Mitigation

Critical to Kern County’s current oil production regulations

In 2015, Kern County adopted the Kern County Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to add additional safeguards to the most stringent regulations in the world and ensure responsible oil production through mitigation measures, including mitigation for local air quality impacts.

The Kern County Oil and Gas Environmental Impact Report

Energy Facts, Environmental Safeguards and Community Benefits

Kern County currently supplies 80% of the oil and gas produced in California.

California is an energy island, making in-state production more critical – we cannot depend on energy sources from other states or other countries to fully supply our energy needs, making each barrel of oil we produce here vitally important.

The industry provides over $4 billion annually for Kern County families; 50,000 jobs and $1.2 billion in state and local revenue. Air mitigation fees would generate an additional estimated$14 million to $30 million per year to fund emission reduction projects.

Air mitigation fees would generate an additional estimated $14 million to $30 million per year to fund emission reduction projects.

Air Quality Mitigation: What’s the Process?

The Kern EIR mitigation measures for air quality impacts and requires companies to:

  • Fully offset 100% of ozone-forming pollutant and particulate matter emissions, by:
    • Paying mitigation fees to the County, to be used for emission reduction projects identified by the County and the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, or conducting their own emission reduction projects approved by the Air District.
    • Examples may include replacing or retrofitting diesel school buses, funding emission reduction equipment for local businesses and institutions, and replacing or retrofitting diesel-powered oil and gas equipment.
  • Identify residences, schools and other sensitive land uses near new wells sites and comply with setback requirements.
  • Comply with strict emission standards for construction equipment and trucks.
  • Implement a stringent fugitive dust control plan and required measures to reduce particulate matter emissions during construction.

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