California is the third-largest oil producing state in the nation. We produce over 200 million barrels of oil each year. Everyday, fossil fuel production is polluting our clean water and food with toxic chemicals, emitting carcinogenic pollutants into our neighborhoods and pumping our atmosphere with more climate-altering greenhouse gases.
Nowhere are the harmful effects of oil and gas production more evident than in Los Angeles, the city that is home to the largest urban oil field in the United States. From Beverly Hills to Inglewood, Wilmington to South L.A., neighborhood drilling plagues Angeleno communities with active oil wells mere feet from homes, schools, churches, and hospitals.
As the oil industry exploits our communities, elected leaders such as Mayor Eric Garcetti in L.A., and Governor Jerry Brown in Sacramento have failed to take action to protect the health and safety of our families and children. California simply cannot be a true leader in the fight against climate change unless we keep our oil in the ground.