California lawmakers block bill making oil companies liable for some health problems

FILE - A pump jack extracts oil at a drilling site next to homes on June 9, 2021, in Signal Hill, Calif. A California legislative committee has blocked a bill that would have made oil companies liable for the health problems of people who live close to oil wells. It’s among dozens of bills that did not survive the legislature’s suspense file hearings. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers blocked two big environmental bills Thursday: One that would have ramped up the state’s emissions targets, and another that would have made oil companies liable for the health problems of people who live close to oil wells.