On the evening of Thursday, March 9, the California State Senate Energy, Utilities and Communications Committee joined the Senate Environmental Quality Committee for a joint hearing in Torrance, CA to review the recent ExxonMobil Torrance Refinery incident and response.
Thursday, the Los Angeles Times published an article about a number of sumps – or ponds – that exist in oil production regions in the lower San Joaquin Valley. It’s an important issue but certainly not the scandal portrayed in the Time’s inaccurate report.
The Western States Petroleum Association is strongly opposed to legislative or regulatory mandates designed to force a 50 percent reduction in the amount of gasoline and diesel California consumers and businesses use by 2030. Legislative mandates to force reductions in gasoline use are not climate change policies. They are attacks on an important industry in California designed to create conflict and controversy.
While we are pleased with the state's process on implementing Senate Bill 4, it is important to note the draft EIR contemplates hypothetical development scenarios and provides a high level review. To date, well stimulation in California has never been associated with any known adverse environmental impacts.
Western States Petroleum Association (WSPA) President Catherine Reheis-Boyd issued the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown's Inauguration address: