Jesus Alonso -- Kern County Oil and Gas Program Organizer

Kern River Oil Field

California moves to protect communities from oil and gas pollution

October 22, 2021

Yesterday, Governor Newsom and CalGEM (California Geologic Energy Management), the state agency that regulates oil and gas production, announced a draft rule to create a 3200-foot setback from new oil and gas wells to protect frontline communities. This setback would place a health and safety buffer zone between new oil and gas wells and homes, schools, hospitals, as well as other sensitive receptors .

Water tank in Kern County. Credit: Andrew Grinberg / Clean Water Action

Protecting Californians from Oil and Gas Production

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.