About Us


CAFrackFacts is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding and scientific knowledge about unconventional drilling and well stimulation techniques in California. We work with scientists and medical professionals to collect and share the most reliable data and scientifically-based research about well stimulation techniques and their potential consequences on our communities and our state as a whole. Given the enormity of fracking’s potential impacts, we are committed to equipping Californians with critical information needed to make informed decisions about our state’s health, energy and economic future.

Advisory Council:

Gautier, advisory council of CAFrackFactsCatherine Gautier, PhD, is a climate change scientist and educator. She has authored over 200 publications spanning remote sensing of climate, modeling of clouds and aerosols impacts on climate, role of water and energy air-sea fluxes on climate and innovative approaches to teaching climate change science and actions. She has been a Professor in the Geography Department at UC Santa Barbara since 1990 where she is now emerita and directed the Institute for Computational Earth System Science from 1996 to 2002. She holds a “Doctorat d’Etat” in Physics from the University of Paris. She is a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS). She has recently published several books on energy, water and climate issues including: “Oil, Water and Climate: An Introduction (April, 2008), andFacing Climate Change Together (August, 2008) published by Cambridge University Press and “Comprendre le Changement Climatique(August, 2007), “Pétrole, Eau et Climat: Un Monde en Panne Sèche” (November, 2008) and “Les Gaz de Schistes: Nouvel Eldorado ou Impasse” (August, 2013) published by Odile Jacob, Paris, France.

JayniHein, advisory council of CAFrackFacts

Jayni Foley Hein is executive director of UC Berkeley School of Law’s Center for Law, Energy & the Environment (CLEE). She works with diverse stakeholders in academia, law, business and the non‐ profit sector to advance environmental and energy policy goals through research, collaboration and advocacy. Her current research addresses hydraulic fracturing, climate change, water resources, and renewable energy policy. Previously, she served as managing attorney at San Francisco Baykeeper and as an associate at Latham & Watkins, where she focused on environmental, clean technology, and transportation law. She earned her JD, Order of the Coif, from Berkeley Law, where she was a member of the California Law Review and the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and earned a certificate in environmental law. She earned a B.A., with highest distinction, from the University of Virginia. She is an active member of the California Bar. Her recent research and writing on California hydraulic fracturing includes: “Regulation of Hydraulic Fracturing in California: A Wastewater and Water Quality Perspective,” (April 2013); “Offshore Fracking Battles Brewing in the Golden State: Increased attention to fracking off the California Coast; what our state agencies can do about it,” Legal Planet (Feb. 4, 2014); “State Releases New Fracking Regulations Amid SB 4 Criticism, Controversy,” Legal Planet (Nov. 18, 2013). “Hydraulic Fracking in California: New Report Addresses Wastewater and Potential Water Impacts,” Legal Planet (April 11, 2013); and “U.S. Bureau of Land Management Violated NEPA When Selling Oil and Gas Leases in California,” Legal Planet (April 9, 2013).

char miller, advisory council of CAFrackFacts

Char Miller, PhD, is the director of the Environmental Analysis Program at Pomona College and the W. M. Keck Professor of Environmental Analysis. He received his Ph.D. in American History from the Johns Hopkins University and his B.A. from Pitzer College. He is author of the award-winning Gifford Pinchot and the Making of Modern Environmentalism and Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas. His latest books include Public Lands, Public Debates: A Century of Controversy (2012), On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest (2013) and Seeking the Greatest Good: The Conservation Legacy of Gifford Pinchot (2013) as well as the co-authored Death Valley National Park: A History (2013); he also co-edited Between Ruin and Restoration: An Environmental History of Israel (2013). Miller is a regular contributor of essays, commentary, and reviews to professional journals, newspapers, and online media; his blog, Golden Green, explores environmental issues in California and the West for

Shonkoff, advisory council of CAFrackFactsSeth B. Shonkoff, PhD, MPH is the executive director of Physicians Scientists & Engineers for Healthy Energy (PSE) and a visiting scholar in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. He is an environmental and public health scientist with more than 12 years of experience in water, air, climate, ecological, and population health research. He obtained his BA (2003) in the Department of Environmental Studies at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY. Seth then went on to complete his MPH (2008) in epidemiology at the School of Public Health and his PhD (2012) in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management from the University of California, Berkeley. Seth has worked and published extensively on topics related to air and water quality and the environmental and public health dimensions of energy and climate change from scientific and policy perspectives. He has published on the interaction between the climate and human health dimensions of shorter-lived climate forcing emissions (i.e., ozone, black carbon, sulphate particles, etc.) and on the development of more effective anthropogenic climate mitigation policies that increase health and socioeconomic equity co-benefits. Most recently, his work has focused on the human health dimensions of unconventional energy production, including shale gas and oil production in the United States and abroad.

About Us:

CAFrackFacts is an unincorporated nonprofit association that is working in partnership with the 11th Hour Project as part of their commitment to advancing research and information to develop a more responsible relationship with the world’s water, energy and food resources.

Contact Us:

Phone: 323-892-2080

Address: 6565 Sunset Blvd Suite 400 Los Angeles, CA 90028

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