Public Health Rulemaking

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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 i​nvolves public input and will consider the best available science and data to inform new and strengthened ​protective requirements.

Your voice matters banner from CalGEM public health workshop 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 format.

Updat​​​e: Online Community Meetings

CalGEM is resuming community input meetings in an online (digital) format. The coronavirus outbreak halted regional meetings that began in February to help slow the spread of the illness. 

Three more workshops--two in English, one in Spanish--will be facilitated online to ensure social distancing. These digital community events will begin with a brief introduction followed by the opportunity for public participants to have two minutes to express their comments on the proposed rulemaking. The workshops ​will be recorded.​

We encourage you to register for our virtual community meetings. After you register you will receive a call-in number as well as a link to join online. However, if you do not have a smartphone or internet access, you may use only the phone number listed to join the meeting. 

Note: The May 20 meeting is primarily for the Los Angeles region. The other two meetings are intended for a statewide audience. 

​​​Watch a video about the meetings​​​.​​

​Event Date ​&​ Time 
Registration Details
Wednesday, May 20 
10 am – noon.  
Language: English 
Register at​ to receive your call-in details.

​If you do not have the ability to register (no internet access), join the meeting by dialing:
US Toll Free: 1 (877) 369-5243
Access Code: 0326361## (press 'pound' twice)
Thursday, May 28 
4 p.m. – 6 p.m.  
Language: Spanish/​Españ​​ol
​​Regístrese en​​ para recibir los detalles de su llamada.

Si no puede registrarse (sin acceso a Internet), únase a la reunión marcando:​

​Llamada gratuita en EE.UU.: 1 (877) 369-5243
Código de acceso: 0800009## (presione signo the número dos veces)
Tuesday, June 2 
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.   
Language: English
Register at to receive your call-in details.

If you do not have the ability to register (no internet access), join the meeting by dialing:

US Toll Free: 1-877-369-5243​
Access Code: 0333038## (press 'pound' twice)

There are additional ways to submit comments through the extended deadline of June 10, 2020. ​Comments are welcome in the language with which you are most comfortable. We will translate comments and include them with all other​ submissions received. View comment summary for emails received​ through April 21, 2020​ (PDF).​

  • Email:​​​​
  • Online survey:
    Go to:​. Answer two questions to p​rovide your rulemaking input.
  • Anonymous instant polling:
    Indicate the issues you feel most strongly about using keywords. Go to:​ then​ enter passcode: calgem​
    • Wednesday, May 13, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Thursday, May 21, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Saturday, May 30, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 2, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
    • Tuesd​​​ay, June 9, 7 a.m.-9 p.m.
  • Postal mail:
    Department of Conservation, 801 K Street, MS 24-02

    Sacramento, CA 95814
    ATTN: Public Health Near Oil & Gas Rulemaking

Public health comments received via the methods listed above and at community events will help guide formal rulemaking.

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​​Agendas and Summaries of Previous Community Meetings

​​Meeting Date, Location​​​​​​
​Meeting Details
​​Feb. 18, 2020,  Arvin

Feb. 19, 2020, Bakersfield
​​​​Mar. 4, 2020, Santa Maria

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