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.
Newsom said Friday he will use his executive authority to take on the state’s powerful oil and gas industry in a year he will likely face voters in a recall election.