oil and gas wastewater

Belridge oil field. Credit Sarah Craig

The Dirty Water Rule would mean more oil and gas wastewater in rivers and streams.

March 28, 2019

New analysis finds big impacts in oil producing states

Pipes. Credit: Sarah Craig, Faces of Fracking

Limit oil production. Protect California’s water.

March 8, 2018

California’s efforts to address climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions have earned it a reputation as a climate leader. Most of the state’s actions, however, have focused on the “demand-side” of carbon emissions: reducing energy consumption, increasing efficiency, using cleaner fuels and energy sources, and reducing vehicle miles traveled. However, as the country’s 5th largest oil producer (recently falling from 3rd), the state has never done enough to keep polluting fossil fuels from being produced in the first place.

Still In the Pits

Speaking up from the belly of the oil beast

March 18, 2016

Kern County is the "belly of the beast" for the California's oil and gas industry, where almost 80 percent of the state's oil is produced. It’s where the vast majority of the environmental and health fallout is.

Still In the Pits

Dumping toxic oil and gas wastewater into unlined pits—How is this still a thing?

March 10, 2016

For some reason, California STILL allows oil and gas companies to dump their toxic wastewater in open and unlined pits.

Rosanna in a respirator in front of a Bakersfield's sign

Wearing a respirator in Bakersfield—where the town motto is "life as it should be."

February 23, 2016

Lately I’ve been thinking about signs I’ve seen scattered around neighborhoods in Bakersfield with the proclamation, “Bakersfield – Life As It Should Be.” They’re kidding, right?

An oil well near an almond farm in Shafter CA

California green lighted more irrigation with oil wastewater

December 18, 2015

Last week, regulators approved the expanded use of oil wastewater for irrigation of crops in Kern County.