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Hearings Begin Over Kern County Ordinance That Allows 70,000 New Oil And Gas Wells

A series of hearings began today in Kern County in a lawsuit over an ordinance that could allow up to 70,000 new oil and gas wells there over the next two decades. All those wells could create 78 million pounds of air pollution a year says Catherine Garoupa White with Californians Against Fracking. The court hearings come two years after the Kern County Board of Supervisors approved the permitting of oil and gas development without further environmental review past 2035. Garoupa White says the environmental impact report they approved is flawed and wells are already being drilled. “It basically says oil industry you now have a free pass not only to expand your operations,but to use well stimulation techniques like hydraulic fracturing, which will just make our local pollution problems worse,” says Garoupa White. She says the blanket approach allows oil companies to avoid additional reviews through agencies like the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. She also says the
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