Kern County is the epicenter of oil and gas development I the Central Valley; with active wellheads projected to double according to the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District. The Central Valley Air Quality Coalition will work to strengthen air quality regulations specific to oil and gas in the San Joaquin Valley with direct impacts in Kern County. The agencies targeted are the Valley Air District and the Air Resources Board. The regulations CVAQ will seek to strengthen are 1) creating transparency in the Air District’s Emission Reduction Credit program and ensuring the pollution credits; which are largely owned by oil & gas; will have expiration dates; 2) ensuring the Air District commits to a flaring minimization plan; 2) inclusion of a plan to reduce volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from oil and gas operations in State Implementation Plans. CVAQ will educate coalition members; partners and the public on the air pollution reduction opportunities within this project and will collectively meet with Air Board members from Kern County and staff from the Valley Air District and Air Resources Board to create policy change.
Central Valley Air Quality Coalition; a project of Social & Environmental Entrepreneurs
Policy advocacy to strengthen oil & gas air regulations through advocate-agency collaboration.
Kern County Air Pollution Mitigation Fund, 2016
Toxics/Environmental Health and Justice