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ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS

California is leading the way in safe, environmentally responsible energy production by establishing the nation’s strictest regulations. 

In addition to the many federal, state and local regulatory agencies in place, California has the most transparent and stringent production regulations and environmental protections in the country, thanks to SB 4, which was signed into law in 2013.


A common misconception is that California doesn’t have regulations to protect the environment and communities from hydraulic fracturing. This could not be further from the truth. SB 4 (California state law) ensures science-based regulations are in place so that California can continue developing our domestic energy supplies while protecting the environment.

California-produced oil is the BEST for California!

California sets the standard with innovative, responsible energy production:

  • 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

Among its many provisions, SB 4 requires:

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. 

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