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California governor seeks ban on new fracking by 2024

California Fracking Ban
Posted at 12:44 PM, Apr 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-04-23 23:46:21-04

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to ban fracking in the state by 2024 and halt all oil extraction by 2045.

Newsom made the announcement Friday.

A ban on fracking failed to pass the state Legislature last week.

Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a process for extracting oil embedded deep underground.

Environmental advocates oppose it, citing its harm to the environment and public health.

California would be the largest oil-producing state to ban fracking.

Newsom said Friday he will use his executive authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face voters in a recall election.