Oil, Gas, and Fracking in California

Protecting California's water, health and environment from dangerous oil and gas production activities, including fracking, acidizing, and toxic wastewater disposal.

Kern River Oil Field

Underground Injection: Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal and Enhanced Recovery

The majority of oil and gas wastewater in California is injected underground putting our aquifers at risk.

Still In the Pits

Still in the Pits: Oil and Gas Wastewater Disposal in California

The disposal of oil and gas wastewater into open and unlined pits puts drinking water at risk, pollutes the air and harms health. California regulators have allowed hundreds of unregulated pits to operate with little oversight. It's time to get California out of the pits and end this disposal method.

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Regulators in California's Central Valley are Allowing the Oil Industry to Pollute Groundwater

Clean Water Action has filed a legal petition, challenging the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board's (the Regional Board) failure to enforce water quality laws.

Bakersfield Residents to Call on Gov. Brown to Stop Fracking and Oil Drilling

In Statewide Day of Action, California Families and Residents Urge Gov. Brown to Protect Public Health and Climate.



 

From We All Live Downstream

Recent headlines on California Groundwater
July 6, 2016

What's behind the recent headlines on California groundwater? Does a new study suggest the problem is solved, and that we can all go home? Er...no! 

Alex Hartnett, Rosanna Esparza, Shanna Serrano and Zolboo Namkhaidorj in Kern County this weekend
July 5, 2016

Three Oakland phone canvassers took a trip to Kern County this July 4 weekend, to stay with organizer Rosanna Esparza, and follow water from the oil fields to crop irrigation.

Rosanna Esparza (center) with residents in Kern County
May 26, 2016

This blog is in response to David Brooks’ recent op-ed published in the New York Times on May 17, focused on improving the health and lives of residents in Lost Hills, California, a community in which I work with Clean Water Action. We submitted a letter to the editor to the paper in response to Mr. Brooks' article, but the editors chose not to publish it. Still, you might want to read Mr. Brooks' piece before you dive in, here.