Stoel Rives’ Oil & Gas Team has been monitoring bills introduced by California legislators since the beginning of the 2019-2020 Legislative Session. Below is the latest update on a list of bills, summarized pursuant to the Legislative Counsel’s Digest, that our team has been following and will continue to monitor as the 2019-2020 Legislative Session proceeds.
Please also see our Renewable + Law post summarizing bills related to other energy topics here.
AB 345 (Muratsuchi, D): Natural Resources: Oil and Gas: Regulation of Operations.
STATUS: Last amended March 18, 2019; currently in Senate Appropriations suspense file.
Would require the Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency to create an environmental justice program within the agency to identify and address any gaps in existing programs, policies, or activities that may impede the achievement of environmental justice. The bill, contingent upon funding for this purpose, would require the secretary to establish a grant-based reimbursement program to enable environmental justice and community groups to meaningfully participate in rulemaking and other regulatory processes at departments and entities within the agency.Continue Reading Oil & Gas Related Bills Update for the 2019-2020 Legislative Session