Oil Production

California is the third-largest producer of oil in the U.S.

But while Big Oil reaps big profits, Californians pay the price in air pollution, health problems, water contamination and oil spills. And then we get to pay all over again at the pump.

Big Oil tries to sell oil production as some fabulous job-creating machine with no downside.

Californians know better.


CA’s meth(ane) ProblemFind out more with our series of videos.

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The Fracking Boom is Now

Fracking, the toxic process of extracting oil or gas by blasting water and industrial chemicals underground, threatens California’s water, air, food, health, wildlife, climate, and economy. Yet oil companies want to expand the practice.

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Ten Reasons to End Fracking Now

  1. 1
    Fracking threatens our groundwater.
  2. 2
    Wastewater from oil fields where fracking has occurred is used to irrigate crops.
  3. 3
    Oil extraction in California has an ugly track record of leaks and spills.
  4. 4
    In a time of record drought, fracking uses a lot of water.
  5. 5
    Fracking is likely to cause earthquakes in California.
  6. 6
    Fracking threatens endangered wildlife.
  7. 7
    Around half a million people in California live within one mile of a well that has been fracked or otherwise stimulated.
  8. 8
    Fracking uses a cocktail of highly toxic chemicals.
  9. 9
    The EPA allows offshore fracking wells to dump toxic wastewater directly into the Pacific Ocean.
  10. 10
    What we don’t know about fracking in California is frightening.

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Kern County

71% of oil produced in California comes from one place: Kern County.

Oil operations in Kern County waste 80 billion gallons of water each year. That’s enough to keep a half-million homes supplied with water. If it were clean. Which thanks to the oil industry, it isn’t.

In exchange, the people of Kern County get some of the worst air quality in the nation.

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Kern County By the Numbers

  • 50,000
    Total active injection wells statewide
  • 2,553
    Total injection wells illegally permitted to inject into potential drinking water sources
  • 532
    of the Illegal injection wells are used for disposal (381 active)
  • 176
    of the Illegal disposal wells were permitted to inject into high quality drinking water aquifers (128 Active)
  • 13
    gallons of waste water for every gallon of petroleum

We know the oil industry doesn’t try to spill oil. It’s bad public relations. Which means we can
chalk all those oil spills up to incompetence.

Take the Santa Barbara oil spill that sent over 100,000 gallons of crude sloshing along California’s coast in May 2015, closing beaches and killing birds and marine mammals.

The company whose pipeline ruptured has a history of this kind of thing. In fact, it had to pay $40 million to settle with the EPA over 10 spills in four states.

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  • Refinery Report

    Refinery Report

    Shining a spotlight on refineries throughout the United States and Canada. Created by Oil Change International.

  • Californians Against Fracking

    Californians Against Fracking

    The statewide coalition to ban fracking in California

  • FACT SHEET: California’s Oil and Gas Injection Problem

    FACT SHEET: California’s Oil and Gas Injection Problem

    A factsheet overview of what’s really going on with oil and gas injection wells. Put together by Clean Water Action.

  • Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources

    Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources

    The website of the Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources, the state division that oversees drilling, operation, maintenance, and abandonment of oil wells.

  • FracTracker: Oil and Gas Activity in CA


    Customizable, data-driven maps outlining all oil and gas activity in the golden state

  • FACT SHEET: In the Pits

    FACT SHEET: In the Pits

    A resource on illegal wastewater dumping by the oil and gas industry