Sacramento, CA…Governor Newsom’s announcement today regarding his upcoming executive order to ban fracking will further divide California into regions of haves and have-nots. The proposed ban on fracking will mean job losses, increased gas and food prices making life that much harder for Californians. Senate Republican Leader Scott Wilk (R-Santa Clarita) released the following statement:
“Governor Newsom is creating two Californias by waging war on the Central Valley. This is the second time this week he has disregarded the needs of the Valley. First, it was a regional drought declaration that benefited his Chardonnay and Brie friends, but snubbed food-producing farmers. Now it is a move to kill jobs by attacking the oil and gas industry. His commitment to ‘equity’ does not extend to ordinary inland Californians. What happened to the Governor’s fight for a ‘California for all’?”
In 2019, the oil and gas production industry was responsible for 50,100 jobs, $19 billion in economic output, and $4.4 billion in labor income. It also provided $1.5 billion in taxes, fees, and other revenues to state and local governments in the 2019-20 fiscal year.