California governor seeks ban on new fracking by 2024

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom delivers his State of the State address from Dodger Stadium Tuesday, March 9, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom says he wants to ban fracking in the state by 2024 and halt all oil extraction by 2045.

Newsom made the announcement Friday.

A ban on fracking failed to pass the state Legislature last week. Fracking is short for hydraulic fracturing, a process for extracting oil embedded deep underground.

Environmental advocates oppose it, citing its harm to the environment and public health. California would be the largest oil-producing state to ban fracking.

Last year, Newsom ordered regulators to ban the sale of new gas-powered cars in the state by 2035.

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