An Analysis of Health Threats from Oil and Gas Pollution in Two Communities
California is wine country known for its tourism, agricultural, and entertainment industries, but to the more than 5 million residents living within a mile of oil and gas drilling operations, it’s oil country. Tens of thousands of active wells produced nearly 200 million barrels of oil in 2013, making California one of the largest oil producers in the country. Despite the fact that so many citizens reside close to oil and gas facilities, neither the industry nor state regulatory agencies have adequately investigated the impacts on public health. No extensive studies have been conducted to determine how communities and people living close to oil and gas in California are affected.