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7 million Californians live near oil and gas wells. This bill could change that.

7 million Californians live near oil and gas wells. This bill could change that.

PublishedApr 12, 2021TopicShareDespite its green reputation, California has a big fossil fuel problem on its hands: neighborhood oil and gas drilling. In California, there’s nothing preventing frackers or drillers from setting up shop right next to your home, school, or hospital — and indeed, this is the reality for currently living within 1 mile of oil and gas drilling operations, who are disproportionately non-white and low-income. Now, a new state bill called , slated for a hearing in the California Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water on Tuesday, may reshape the lives of...

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Oil companies want you to think they're feminist. It's BS.

Oil companies want you to think they're feminist. It's BS.

Monday was International Women’s Day, and oil companies want you to know — they’re feminists, too! , , and even the , the oil industry’s biggest lobbying group, posted messages about the importance of women in the oil and gas industry. “Here’s to the women making a difference at Chevron,” tweeted the Chevron account.Symbolic gestures of corporate solidarity are nothing new for the oil and gas industry. Last year, in a particularly cringe-worthy commemoration of International Women’s Day, one Shell gas station run by two women temporarily added an apostrophe to its logo, becoming . The stunt...

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California is still oil country. This county wants to keep it that way.

California is still oil country. This county wants to keep it that way.

Juan Flores remembers vividly the first time he learned what fracking smelled like. He was breaking ground on a community garden near a school as part of his job as a community organizer in the small town of Shafter, California, when an acrid smell filled the air. Within 30 minutes, he had a headache. The community members at the event warned him they were accustomed to not going outside when this smell filled the air. They knew instinctively what it meant — an oil or gas well was being fracked.Shafter is located in Kern County, the heart of California’s oil and gas industry. Kern County,...

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