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California’s Newsom Moves to Block Oil Drilling Near Homes

  • Proposed regulation to protect health, climate, governor says
  • State’s once-massive oil production fading as population grows
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California will move to block oil drilling within about a half-mile of homes, hospitals and schools, a step long sought by environmental-justice advocates in what was once one of the largest crude-producing U.S. states.

Governor Gavin Newsom announced the proposed regulation in the city of Wilmington, one of many Los Angeles-area towns where oil wells abut homes. While other oil-producing states already require residential buffer zones, efforts to create such setbacks in California have repeatedly failed in the face of industry and union opposition.