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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Californians At Risk: An Analysis of Health Threats from Oil and Gas Pollution in Two Communities

To  understand the impacts of oil and gas development on California communities Clean Water Action and our allies at Earthworks studied health and air contaminants in two communities in the heart of oil country - Lost Hills in Kern County, and Upper Ojai in Ventura County.

Oil and gas waste pits - CA

Oil and Gas Wastewater in California

California oil companies produce more than 130 billion gallons of wastewater every year, threatening the state's water quality and environmental health. 

From We All Live Downstream

Race Track Hill site
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.

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.