California lawmakers block bill allowing people to sue oil companies over health problems

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FILE - A man walks along the street as a pump jack extracts oil at a drilling site next to homes Wednesday, 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)