California to ban new fracking from 2024

Fracking has resulted in earthquakes, air and water pollution near farms as well as leaks of planet-warming methane gas. – EPA pic, April 24, 2021.

CALIFORNIA plans to stop issuing new fracking permits by 2024, Governor Gavin Newsom said yesterday, as the state looks toward progressively halting fossil fuel extraction in the coming decades.

Hydraulic fracturing, a method of extracting hydrocarbons that is controversial for its impact on the environment, accounts for as much as 17% of California’s production, according to industry groups.

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