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.

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In the Pits

Fact sheet about oil and gas wastewater disposal into open unlined pits and the threat to California’s water and air.

Oil and water. Credit Andrew Grinberg

Protect communities from oil and gas activities

Because of loopholes in California law, oil and gas wells, pump jacks and storage tanks are often located right next to playgrounds, schools, healt

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Celebrating 30 Years in California

This year, as we celebrate Clean Water Action’s 30th anniversary in California, we want to take the time to look back at our 30 years of activism i

From We All Live Downstream

Water tank in Kern County. Credit: Andrew Grinberg / Clean Water Action
February 3, 2020

More than 5 million Californians live near oil and gas production. In Kern County, oil production is wedged between homes and looms over schools and playground. Our communities are under a haze of contaminants due to the gargantuan fields of oil and gas wells bordering towns and scattered along our roads.

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November 17, 2017

On Thursday, news broke of a spill from the Keystone pipeline. The 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons) of toxic tar sands oil that was discharged into South Dakota grasslands was the largest spill on the Keystone to date. But every day, the oil industry intentionally discharges far greater volumes of toxic wastewater in the environment, and nobody seems to notice.

Screenshot of methane leak in Butler County via Earthworks
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.