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State Senate Passes Bill By Santa Barbara Legislator To Price Cleanup Of Closed Oil, Gas Facilities

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It’s a dream held by many environmentalists: Phasing out all of the state’s fossil fuel production, and shifting to renewable resources. The State Senate has passed a bill by a Santa Barbara legislator intended to come up with a price tag for the taxpayer’s end of cleaning up, and removing facilities.

SB 551 would order the State’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources to come up with a plan for determining the cost of decommissioning facilities under state control.

Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara says it’s important we have a good view of the scope of the cost for future planning. She notes that two cleanup projects in Santa Barbara County alone have already cost more than $150 million dollars.

The bill now goes to the State Assembly for consideration.

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