February 26, Oakland, Calif. — The California Secretary of the Natural Resources Agency and the Secretary for Environmental Protection announced today the appointment of sixteen experts, including Pacific Institute Senior Research Associate Laura Feinstein, to the SB 83 Independent Review Panel for the Department of Conservation’s Underground Injection Control Program.
California’s Underground Injection Control Program oversees the practice of injecting fluids underground as part of oil and gas production. Following the requirements of Senate Bill 83 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review, Chapter 24, Statutes of 2015), the panel is comprised of a diverse group of individuals with expertise and scientific background in geology, toxics, the oil and gas industry, public health, and the environment, as well as representatives from agricultural and environmental justice perspectives. The panel’s remit is to evaluate the regulatory performance of the administration of the Underground Injection Control Program and make recommendations on how to improve its effectiveness by evaluating resource needs, statutory or regulatory changes, and program organization.
Read more about SB 83 and the Independent Review Panel here.