SACRAMENTO (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday signed a law intended to counter Trump administration plans to increase oil and gas production on protected public land.
The measure bars any California leasing authority from allowing pipelines or other oil and gas infrastructure to be built on state property. It makes it difficult for drilling to occur because federally protected areas are adjacent to state-owned land.
The law sends a "clear message to (President Donald) Trump that we will fight to protect these beautiful lands for current and future generations," said Democratic Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, who introduced it.
Ann Alexander, an attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council, praised the law and other environmental measures the governor has signed.