Oil Drilling

WHAT THE BILL WOULD DO 

AB 342 by Al Muratsuchi would bar state agencies from allowing pipelines or other development that supports oil and gas production to cross state land, if those projects are near national parks, monuments, wilderness areas and other specially protected places.

WHO SUPPORTS IT?

A long list of environmental and conservation groups signed on in support of this bill, in part because of threats from the Trump administration to allow oil and gas drilling in and around protected federal land that had been closed to energy development.

WHO OPPOSED?

The bill had no formal opposition.

WHY IT MATTERS

The state has already prohibited similar oil infrastructure from being constructed to bring crude onshore from drilling platforms in federal waters off the state’s coast. This bill mirrors that one, which makes it more difficult and expensive to produce oil in California.

GOVERNOR’S CALL

Newsom opposes new offshore drilling. On Oct. 12, 2019, he signed AB 342 as part of a package of environmental legislation to “enhance safety of existing oil wells, refocus the state’s geologic energy division to better consider public health and fight against the Trump administration’s efforts to expand oil extraction in California.”