Hydraulic fracturing fact sheet

Banning in-state oil production will harm our ability to achieve energy independence and rob California of tens of thousands of jobs and billions in local and state tax revenues

Special interests who have always opposed domestic oil production in California are now leading a charge to outright ban hydraulic fracturing, which has been used in California for more than 60 years. When Governor Brown signed SB 4 (Pavley) Into law in 2013, California established the most stringent hydraulic fracturing regulations in the country. An outright ban is extreme, would increase our dependence on imported foreign oil and jeopardize significant economic opportunity. Here are the facts:

SB 4 Established the Most Transparent & Stringent Protections in the Country

SB 4 allows Californians to continue developing our domestic energy supplies while still protecting the environment. SB 4 requires:

  • An independent, science-based study of hydraulic fracturing
  • The development of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
  • Mandatory public disclosure of the content of all chemicals used
  • Well integrity testing before and after fracturing
  • Regular testing of nearby drinking water sources
  • Prior notification of surrounding land owners

Hydraulic Fracturing Increases California’s Energy Independence & Keeps Jobs and Revenue in the State

Californians already consume all of the oil and gas generated in California. Demand also forces us to import more than 60% of California’s needed oil each year from outside the state. While growth in alternative energy sources will help meet some future demand, additional supply from within California is needed to meet current demand and to keep pace with population growth.

  • California has significant shale oil reserves. It makes sense to generate our own supply rather than send jobs and revenue to other 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 where environmental regulations are much weaker or non-existent.
  • According to the Obama Administration, natural gas produced through hydraulic fracturing has led to massive reductions in greenhouse gases as that gas replaces coal at our power plants. A ban on hydraulic fracturing would reverse these gains.

In-State Oil Production Means Tens of Thousands of High Paying Jobs & Billions in Economic Benefits for Californians

The petroleum industry in California provides tens of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and billions in state and local tax revenues and property taxes. According to economic professors
at California State University, Fresno, future development of our oil and gas reserves through enhanced recovery could:

  • Create up to 195,000 new high paying jobs
  • Generate as much as $22 billion in personal income gains

Hydraulic Fracturing Means Billions More for Schools, Public Safety & Other Vital Services

The same CSU Fresno study concluded that enhanced extraction of oil and gas In California would generate up to $6.7 billion In additional revenue for state and local governments.
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