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.
California regulators embarked this year on an ambitious and rigorous overhaul of the regulatory framework governing oil production in California. And, as 2015 draws to an end, I’d like to take a minute to look back on the steady and important progress they made, improving transparency, dramatically strengthening oversight and dedicating significantly more resources to manage results.
We are pleased the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Board listened carefully to the concerns of many of the participants in the RECLAIM program and arrived at a decision that will allow RECLAIM participants to plan for the future and invest in new technology.