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Top State Lawmakers Question Chevron Oil Spill Fine
By Ted Goldberg
October 3, 2019
The heads of the state legislative committees that oversee much of California's oil and gas industry are questioning whether a fine issued by state regulators against Chevron this week, for a massive uncontrolled release of crude petroleum in a Kern County oil field, will be effective.
Governor Newsom signs bills aimed at limiting fire danger
By Associated Press, Ashley Gardner
October 2, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California is adopting nearly two dozen new laws aimed at preventing and fighting the devastating wildfires that have charred large swaths of the state in recent years, killing scores and destroying a Sierra foothills city last fall.
These Big Plans to Protect California Homes From Wildfire Fell Short in the Legislature
By Lauren Sommer
September 26, 2019
After 86 people in the town of Paradise lost their lives in a massive wildfire last year, California lawmakers vowed to prepare the state for future infernos. But while millions of dollars are going toward new firefighting crews and technology, some say the state is overlooking an area in dire need of help: making homes and buildings safer.