Oil drilling permits approved in California since start of 2019 rises to 14,623 as neighborhood feel the brunt April 28, 2023

Sacramento News & Review

Marjaneh Moini, MD, a board member for Physicians for Social Responsibility, is adding to that choir — and argues that there is racism that lies under the veneer of California’s carefully cultivated “green” and “progressive” reputation.

“The Governor’s appointed regulators know how harmful oil and gas drilling near homes, schools, and day care facilities, but they continue to rubber stamp their permits,” Moini noted. “Not only have historical discriminatory housing policies trapped communities of color and low-income communities in over polluted neighborhoods, a new study shows that in California, black residents are exposed to the most intense oil and gas operations.”

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