The Democrat’s left-wing Governor of California, Gavin Newsom, is planning to ban fracking, bowing to notorious campaigns by Russia and red-green activists who are opposed to shale development … in the US. Russian president Putin must be laughing all the way to Gazprom and its bank.

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Gavin Newsom is preparing a plan to phase out the oil extraction method known as fracking in California, according to environmentalists who were briefed on the effort.

Newsom is facing pressure to act from environmentalists who oppose fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, after a bill that would have banned it and some other extraction methods died in the Legislature last week.

Several members of environmental groups told The Chronicle on Thursday that they had been notified of an imminent announcement by Newsom to rein in fracking. Politico, citing unidentified environmental, legislative and industry sources, said the governor would ban new fracking permits starting in 2024.

The governor’s office said it had no information to share and did not respond to a request for further comment.

Fracking, in which high-pressure liquids are injected into the earth to release oil and gas deposits, accounts for only about 2% of California’s oil production, according to the state Department of Conservation. But it’s long been a controversial method because of what climate activists see as unacceptable dangers, including the possibility that it can contaminate groundwater.

Several environmentalists said Thursday that they would be disappointed by any fracking measure that does not eliminate new permits well before 2024 and restrict existing operations.

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April 25, 2021 at 12:51PM