The state assembly passed a bill by a Santa Barbara legislator intended to start assessing the price tag for the eventual shutdown, and cleanup of California’s oil and gas infrastructure. SB 551 directs the California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources to come up with a process to come up with the cost for the process.
Democratic State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson of Santa Barbara proposed the bill. Jackson says with the state moving towards renewable energy, coming up with the information is important so planning can take place to insure the public doesn’t get stuck with the bill.
After being passed by the State Assembly this week, the bill goes to the State Senate for consideration. If the Senate also passes the legislation, it will go the governor for final consideration.