Keith Nakatani - Program Manager

Screenshot of methane leak in Butler County via Earthworks

California Leads on Reducing Methane Emissions

March 24, 2017

Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the strongest regulations in the country to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production and storage.

Clean Water Action and our allies led the charge to get these regulations in place.

Oil Wastewater Pits Decision Delayed

August 31, 2016

California’s water regulators are finally cracking down on the harmful practice of dumping toxic oil wastewater into open pits, although slowly.

An oil drilling operation in a neighbourhood in Los Angeles. Image courtesy of Stand Together Against Neighborhood Drilling  and Stand L.A.

Drilling Down Into The Health Impacts of Oil and Gas Production: Los Angeles-style

April 26, 2016

California is the third leading producer of oil in the country and although Kern County produces most of the state's oil, the Los Angeles area is the nation's largest urban oilfield. Oil production facilities are sited immediately next door to homes, schools, and shopping centers. One in three  LA County residents live within one mile of an oil-drilling site—a pretty eye-watering statistic—and yet, no government agency or regulatory body has ever carried out a study of the health impacts on the city’s residents. 

Still In the Pits

Speaking up from the belly of the oil beast

March 18, 2016

Kern County is the "belly of the beast" for the California's oil and gas industry, where almost 80 percent of the state's oil is produced. It’s where the vast majority of the environmental and health fallout is.

Preventing another disastrous gas leak at Aliso Canyon

March 10, 2016

It’s not often that I’m pleased to see our lawmakers speed-up the legislative process, because it can mean special interests, such as oil and gas companies, are able to unduly wield influence behind closed doors.