California city bans new gas stations; believed to be 1st in US

Man gets gas for vehicle at station

Jeremy Heskett, of Boston, pours gasoline at a Shell gas station, Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021, in Westwood, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

PETALUMA, Calif. — A Northern California city has become what’s believed to be the first in the country to ban all new gas stations in an effort to curb emissions.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Petaluma City Council voted unanimously Monday to prohibit the creation, expansion, reconstruction and relocation of gas stations. It encourages owners to transition to stations that serve electric and hydrogen-powered vehicles.

The city of 58,000 people 40 miles north of San Francisco hopes to become carbon neutral by 2030.

Petaluma has 16 gas stations, with one more expected to be built because it was approved before the vote.

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