Arvin mayor backs effort to end oil and gas production in California

Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola is seen in a KBAK/KBFX file photo.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Arvin Mayor Jose Gurrola is among a group of elected officials statewide calling for an end to oil and gas production.

He’s one of more than 100 signatories to a letter delivered Tuesday to the governor, calling on him to phase out oil and gas drilling. The groups calls itself Elected Officials to Protect California.

“Our highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of our communities as we insure job security for a just transition,” Gurrola said in a news release. “This means holding the oil industry accountable and protecting our most vulnerable residents from fossil fuel production happening near their homes and schools.”

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The group is calling for:

  • halting permits for new fossil fuel projects,
  • prohibiting drilling within 2,500 feet of homes
  • and committing the state to 100 percent renewable energy.

They contend that oil and gas drilling hurts the environment and causes health problems for people living nearby.

Gurrola is the only official from Kern County to back the effort, which has found an ally in the environmental-protection group Center for Biological Diversity.

The State Attorney General’s Office has also issued their support for the proposed code update.

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