The Central Valley Needs Local Oil and Gas Production

Join the Central Valley Coalition for Energy and Jobs

Local oil and natural gas production in the Central Valley plays a fundamental role in sustaining the economic health and quality of life in the region by providing jobs for working families and tax revenues for important community services. More than 75% of California’s in-state oil originates from the Central Valley and is produced under the most stringent regulations in the world by an inclusive and diverse workforce of veterans, single parents, second chancers, union members and immigrants.

Central Valley Oil And Natural Gas
Production Supports

33,000 Good Paying Jobs

  • Inclusive and diverse workforce including veterans, second chancers, single parents, union members and immigrants from all ethnic and educational backgrounds.
  • $88,000 – average annual pay of employees working directly in the oil and natural gas industry.
  • Careers across the educational spectrum, from a GED to PhD.
  • Full time positions with benefits for working families and opportunities for upward mobility.
  • Keeps jobs local, rather than exporting jobs to foreign countries which do not produce oil under California’s stringent safety, labor and environmental standards.

A Billion in Tax Revenues

  • Taxes from local production contribute to critical community services like fire, police, and schools.
  • Disruptions to oil and natural gas production have a disproportionate economic impact on the Central Valley where 75% of statewide oil and natural gas production takes place.
  • Oil and natural gas producers are among the top property taxpayers in the Central Valley.
  • Tax revenues from oil and natural gas production make up 25% of Kern County’s budget.

An Affordable and Reliable Energy Supply

  • Local production ensures an affordable and reliable energy supply for working families and businesses.
  • Affordable communities are more self-sufficient, sustainable and secure.
  • Lower energy costs protects the Valley’s most vulnerable residents who are living paycheck to paycheck.

Energy Security from Foreign Oil

  • Local oil and natural gas provide a major degree of energy security to the state and reduces California’s reliance on imported oil from foreign countries.
  • Crises overseas directly impact affordability and reliability.

Most Environmentally Produced Oil in the World

  • SB 4 and SB 1281 mandate the strongest transparency, reporting, and monitoring in the nation.
  • Oil and natural gas producers in the Central Valley are committed environmental stewards of our precious resources.
  • Local producers operate under the most stringent regulations in the world, overseen by more than 25 local, state and federal agencies.

New Energy Future

  • Local producers support an “all of the above” energy strategy which incorporates all forms of energy including oil, natural gas, and renewables such as wind, solar and hydroelectric power.
  • The oil and natural gas industry workforce has the expertise to develop new technologies that lead the way to a new energy future.
  • Local producers work with renewable developers and invest in new technologies to lower their carbon footprint.

Local Workers' Stories

Jeff Tape

Firefighter Local 1301
Bakersfield, CA

Jenny Lucero

Coalinga, CA

Ebelyn Chavez

Data Analyst
Arvin, CA