Senator Grove Issues Statement on CalGem’s Decision to Deny 21 Fracking Permits in Kern County

Senator Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield) issued the following statement in response to Governor Newsom and the California Geologic Energy Management Division’s (CalGem) decision to deny fracking permits for 21 wells in the Kern County:

“The attack on oil must end. A California without oil is an implausible dream being pushed by progressive politicians. The Governor should protect quality careers and vital tax funding while ensuring Californians have access to affordable and reliable energy. By prioritizing locally-produced energy that is generated under the toughest environmental protections on the planet, you can maintain California’s climate leadership and protect our economy. Phasing out fracking in the state of California only increases our dependence on foreign oil and many of the abysmal regimes that produce it. Kern County produces over 50% of the state’s renewable energy and 70% of our fossil fuels, which keeps California moving with fuel and clean energy. The Governor needs to quit trying to fix what isn’t broken and immediately instruct CalGem to approve these 21 fracking permits so we can protect our domestic oil production.”