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.

Clean Water Action Statement on Governor Newsom's Executive Order to Phase Out Oil Production

Oakland -- Today, Governor Newsom announced that he is directing state agencies to develop a plan to phase out oil production in California by 2045

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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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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.