U.S. Rep. Salud Carbajal on Monday introduced the California Land Protection Act.
The legislation would block new fracking or oil and gas drilling on federal lands on California’s central and southern coasts. The bill is a response to the Trump administration’s move last year to allow the Bureau of Land Management to pursue oil and gas leasing on more than 1.2 million acres of California land, including Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Luis Obispo counties.
The bill’s co-sponsors include U.S. Reps. Julia Brownley, D-Ventura County, and Jimmy Panetta, D-Carmel Valley.
“The Central Coast boasts some of the most beautiful natural treasures in the country and pursuing fracking or oil and gas leasing on public land will only hurt our environment, public health, and recreation economy,” Rep. Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, said in a statement. “Our public land is not for sale. I’m proud to partner with my Central Coast colleagues to prevent the Bureau of Land Management from exploiting the environment to line the pockets of the oil industry.”
Added Rep. Brownley, “Good environmental stewardship is a core tenet of who we are as Ventura County residents. We have a responsibility to protect our lands for future generations and to prevent the exploitation and degradation of our natural resources.
“I am proud to co-author the California Land Protection Act, which will protect federal lands within Ventura County from the harmful consequences of drilling and fracking.”
— Gerry Fall