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WSPA Responds to City of Carson Oil Drilling Moratorium

The Carson City Council’s vote to stop all oil and natural gas exploration and production activities is an alarming development. The Council’s action appears to be a response to outside groups with little connection to the local community that are pursuing an aggressively anti-oil and natural gas agenda.

There is no scientific basis for the Council’s action. Hydraulic fracturing has been used safely and effectively to produce oil in California for more than 60 years without any harm to water supplies, air quality, or other environmental resources. It is unfortunate the City Council was persuaded to take the precipitous action by the outside advocacy groups using false and misleading information. In fact, Oxy has repeatedly stated that hydraulic fracturing will not be used for this project and has asked the City of Carson to withdraw hydraulic fracturing from the project's scope.

It is even more alarming that the Council acted to halt all oil and natural gas drilling, even that which does not utilize the hydraulic fracturing technology. The decision will deprive the city of the significant revenue it would otherwise receive from those prohibited activities, revenues that could have been used to support police, fire and other local services.

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Statement by Catherine Reheis-Boyd, President, Western States Petroleum Association