Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

California is leading the way in safe, environmentally responsible energy production.
Click “Start” below to learn more on how continued in-state energy production will help us to achieve energy independence while keeping hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in annual tax revenues here, where oil is produced under the nation’s strictest environmental protections.

California has the strictest regulations in the country

In addition to dozens of federal, state and local regulatory agencies in place, California has the most transparent and stringent production regulations and environmental protections in the country.  
SB 4, signed into law in 2013, enacted the toughest and most transparent regulations governing fracking in the nation.

Fracking has never been shown to adversely impact our water supply

A landmark study in 2004 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded there was “little to no risk of fracturing fluid contaminating underground sources of drinking water during hydraulic fracturing.”
In 2012, a study of the Inglewood Oil Field closely examined 14 environmental risk factors associated with hydraulic fracturing, including groundwater and earthquake risks, and concluded there were no adverse impacts to any.

Hydraulic fracturing is helping reduce carbon emissions

The Orange County Register recently reported data showing that hydraulic fracturing (or “fracking”) is helping make the United States a world leader in reducing carbon emissions – benefitting the environment. Read the full article.

Used in California for over 50 years

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been used in California for over 50 years. It is highly regulated at both the national and state level to ensure it’s done in a way that protects the environment. 

Less dependence on oil from foreign countries

Every barrel of oil we produce in California is one less barrel we have to import from the Middle East and other foreign countries.
Importing oil leaves us dependent on foreign countries for our energy, putting our military personnel and loved ones in harm’s way and subjecting us to price hikes for oil produced without California’s tough environmental standards.

1 in 50 California jobs are directly related to oil and gas

According to economic professors at California State University Fresno, future development of our oil and gas reserves through enhanced recovery methods, like hydraulic fracturing, could create up to 195,000 new high paying jobs. These methods could also generate as much as $22 billion in personal income gains and up to $6.7 billion in additional revenue for state and local governments. 


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Californians for Energy Independence is a coalition that supports state and local policies that allow for continued domestic energy production and opposes those policies – such as oil taxes and energy bans—that would hinder production and increase reliance on foreign oil.

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