California Bay Area city bans new gas stations

California Bay Area city bans new gas stations
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[Ed. – Of course.  This doesn’t really look like the trend the original headline implies, as it involves exactly one small city (pop. about 57,000) at this point.  Although you might expect it to drive up the price of gas in Petaluma, the town’s location on the 101, with highway gas stations and other towns nearby, probably means retailers in town will have to keep their prices competitive regardless.]

Petaluma, California, has voted to outlaw new gas stations, the first of what climate activists hope will be numerous cities and counties to do so. …

Grassroots groups are popping up with the mission of spreading this type of ban and forcing pollution cleanups at existing gas stations.


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Driving the news: In Petaluma — where neighborhood opposition to a new Safeway gas station prompted years of litigation — the council voted unanimously last week to move forward with a permanent ban on new stations; a final vote will happen Monday.

  • Existing stations won’t be allowed to add new gas pumps, though they’re encouraged to build electric charging bays.

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