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The California Restaurant Association sues city of Berkeley over natural gas ban

By Ramla Soni

CRA says the natural gas ban will affect the restaurant industry and have economic impacts

The California Restaurant Association (CRA) is suing the city of Berkeley as it argues that it bypassed state and federal regulations when it approved a ban on infrastructure in newly constructed buildings.

The ban will impact both residential and commercial construction, and will have uniquely negative impacts on restaurants, the CRA said.

Protecting the interests of its members, the CRA said whether searing steaks, charring vegetables or stir-frying noodles, chefs rely on fire as the most important tool in the creation of a dish.

There are also economic impacts with many restaurants using gas to heat water, space and appliances. The ban will also raise costs of building and operating dining establishments.

Restaurateurs may also be deterred from moving to or constructing new buildings because they will not have access to natural gas.

The CRA said: “The city’s ordinance is unlawful and, beyond the direct harm to restaurants, it is likely to affect energy prices in the years to come.”

The aim of the CRA is to bring together the Californian restaurant community and provide resources to help run businesses.

FURTHER READING: Natural gas price up slightly but faces long-term threat

FURTHER READING: European Investment Bank mulls gas-free future

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