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State lawmakers debut bill to ban oilfield techniques common in Kern

A bill introduced in the state Senate Wednesday proposes to halt several oil production techniques common in Kern County by Jan. 1, 2027 and incentivize well-remediation contractors to hire anyone the ban leaves jobless.

Senate Bill 467, submitted by Sens. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, and Monique Limón, D-Santa Barbara, is expected to be amended in 30 days with provisions that would additionally prohibit new or renewed permits for oil and gas production within 2,500 feet of a home, school or other sensitive site starting Jan. 1.

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