Petaluma on track for new gas station ban


By Woody Hastings
Sonoma Group

On January 11, at a joint meeting of the Petaluma City Council and the City’s Climate Action Commission a Climate Action Framework was adopted. The Framework includes 15 prospective actions that the city can consider and one of them, item 9, states the following: “Make permanent the moratorium on new gas stations and develop a plan for building out publicly available EV charging infrastructure and capacity to meet projected needs.”

This is big news. If Petaluma proceeds with the actions, it will become the first city in the county, possibly in the state, to enact a ban on new gas stations.

In terms of timeline, after councilmember D’Lynda Fischer confirmed that making the city’s moratorium on new gas stations permanent will turn it into a ban, the city manager, referring to the proposed gas station ban said “that one should be relatively quick and easy, it’s just a matter of bringing it to the council.”

The ban will be on the City Council agenda on February 22 at 6:30pm. Be there if you and and show your support!

For those of you in Santa Rosa, a similar action will be considered at the Santa Rosa Climate Action Subcommittee meeting on March 10 at 4 p.m. Be there!

CONGAS, the Coalition Opposing New Gas Stations, intends to support Petaluma all the way. Join us! Visit for information and updates.

Action Alert!

January 8, 2020

The City of Santa Rosa Climate Action Subcommittee will meet online on Wednesday, January 13th from 4pm to 6pm. CONGAS needs people to attend and comment during agenda item 4, “Public Comments on Non-Agenda Items.” Please request that the subcommittee agendize at a future meeting, consideration of an ordinance to stop the permitting of new gas stations in the City of Santa Rosa.

Here is a link to the agenda that includes a zoom link for the meeting, and here is a link to details about the Climate Action Subcommittee.

The City of Santa Rosa formally declared a climate emergency in January 2020. Transportation accounts for 60% of the greenhouse gas emissions in Sonoma County. That means that the city should not allow the expansion of unnecessary fossil fuel infrastructure. All you need to say is “please include a discussion about an ordinance to restrict new gas station construction on a future CAS agenda.” If you would like more talking points see the “policy points” document in the Take Action section of the CONGAS website.

It does not matter where you live in Sonoma County, but it is especially helpful if you live in Santa Rosa so that you tell the subcommittee that you are a Santa Rosa resident.

Thank you!

General Action Alert

At any given time you can contact your elected representatives, write a letter to the editor, talk to your friends and family, or just take some time to learn about how and why new gas stations don’t make sense in the 2020s.

Please use the resources in the “facts & info” and “take action” sections of this website to write a letter to the editor, or to send a letter or email to your elected representatives.

Thank you for your support!