68. Catherine Reheis-Boyd
Not many of us thought that The Western States Petroleum Association would have a worse year in 2021 than they did during a global pandemic year that cut California oil production to the lowest levels since tracking began. But then, on April 23, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced plans to phase out fracking in the state, starting with a moratorium on new permits beginning in 2024, and expanding on his September 2020 executive order to begin California’s transition away from fossil fuels. Further, at the governor’s direction, CARB will evaluate how to phase out oil extraction altogether by 2045. None of the above is good news for Catherine “Cathy” Reheis-Boyd, the president of WSPA, which helped scuttle SB467, a legislative fracking ban, only a week before Newsom’s announcement. Reheis-Boyd, a seasoned pro with 11 years at the head of WSPA, does her best to protect her members and remind politicians and the public alike that the state’s oil companies provide good paying jobs and that oil production in California is some of the cleanest in the world.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021