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  • Fired regulator: Governor pushed to waive oil safeguards. story has photos
    Updated: Sep-04-15 3:36 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO - California's top oil and gas regulators repeatedly warned Gov. Jerry Brown's senior aides in 2011 that the governor's orders to override key environmental safeguards in granting oil industry permits would violate state and federal laws protecting groundwater from contamination, one of the former officials has testified.