Public Health Rulemaking

​​​​​​​​​​​​The Department of Conservation has postponed public meetings scheduled ‪between March 16 and April 2 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. The public will still have ample opportunity to help shape new health and safety regulations for oil facilities.​

El Departamento de Conservación ha pospuesto las reuniones comunitarias programada entre 16 de marzo y 2 de abril para desacelerar la propagación del covid-19. La pública todavía tendrá oportunidad para informar la reglamentación para proteger la salud pública y seguridad para las comunidades cercanas a las operaciones de producción de petróleo y gas.  

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​To fulfill its recently strengthened mission to protect public health, safety, and the environment, the California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM) is undertaking a process to update public health and safety protections for communities near oil and gas production operations.

The rulemaking will involve extensive public input and consider the best available science and data to inform new and strengthened ​protective requirements.​

​​The first step is the following series of pre-rulemaking community meetings ​to seek public input on the best ways to protect human health through new rules. Concerns shared at these meetings will inform the formal rulemaking.


Para cumplir su misión recientemente fortalecida de proteger la salud pública, la seguridad y el medio ambiente, la División de Administración de Energía Geológica (CalGEM, por sus s​iglas en ingles) del Departamento de Conservación está llevando a cabo un proceso para actualizar las protecciones de salud pública y seguridad para las comunidades cercanas a las operaciones de producción de petróleo y gas. 

El proceso de reglamentación implicará una amplia aportación del público y considerará la mejor ciencia y datos disponibles para informar los requisitos de protección nuevos y fortalecidos. 

​El primer paso es una serie de reuniones comunitarias previas a la reglamentación para buscar la opinión pública sobre las mejores formas de proteger la salud humana a través de nuevas reglas. Las inquietudes compartidas en estas reuniones informarán la reglamentación formal.


​​*Please check this page frequently for updates

​​Early Input Public Health
Community Meetings Postponed​

​March 13, 2020 Update:

Consistent with the recommendations from the California Department of Public Health to postpone or cancel large community events in order to slow the spread of COVID-19, the following meetings WILL NOT be held as scheduled:

  • Coalinga | ‪Monday, March 16, 2020
  • Oxnard | ‪Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • South Los Angeles | ‪Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Montebello | ‪Wednesday, April 1, 2020
  • Long Beach | ‪Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • Sacramento | April 10, 2020

​We encourage you to use the following email to submit your input for the draft rule: CalGEMRegulations@conservation.ca.gov. Continue to check this webpage for updates.

If you have any questions in the short term please call or email Sarah Rubin, Outreach and Engagement Coordinator at sarah.rubin@conservation.ca.gov or ‪(916) 214-5731.

A subsequent notice will follow in the future with more information, including new dates, times and locations. ​Sign up below for updates.

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Agendas and summaries of previous community meetings:
​​Meeting Date, Location​​​​​​
​Meeting Details
​​Feb. 18, 2020, 6-7:30 p.m.
​Veterans Hall, 477 4th Ave., Arvin
Feb. 19, 2020, 5:30-7:30 p.m​.
​​Four Points She​raton, 5101 California Ave., Bakersfield​
​​​​Mar. 4, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
​​Veterans' Memorial Building, 313 W. Tunnell St., Santa Maria
​Mar. 9, 2020 1-3 p.m.
​​Greenlining Institute, 360 14th St., Oakland​
Your voice matters banner from CalGEM public health workshop

Spanish language interpretation was provided at the Arvin, Bakersfield and Santa Maria community meetings.The Arvin community meeting was led in Spanish​.​

Or You Can Write to​ Us

Written public input submissions can be sent via email to:
CalGEMRegulations@conservation.ca.gov
or by postal mail to:
​Department of Conservation
801 K Street, MS 24-02
Sacramento, CA 95814
ATTN: Public Health near Oil Gas Rulemaking