AB 342 marks a halt in a recently enacted policy in Washington that permits drilling and associated infrastructure building on Federally owned areas within the Nationwide Park System. As most of these park lands are surrounded by or instantly adjoining to state owned land, almost all affected areas could be both extraordinarily troublesome or unimaginable to construct out from.
The writer of the invoice was Assemblyman Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance). Assemblyman Muratsuchi has been a longtime supporter of environmental points, notably those who restrict useful resource excavation. The signing of AB 342 comes on the heels of an identical invoice he authored that was handed final yr: AB 1775, which allowed no new oil or gasoline infrastructure leases.
Along with environmental protections, Assemblyman Muratsuchi additionally used the payments’ signing to voice his displeasure over the Trump administration’s dealing with of federally protected lands.