Fact Sheets

Fracking has significant impacts on our environment, health, and safety. Using a data-driven, fact-based approach, CAFrackFacts developed these fracking fact sheets to help in understanding fracking’s impacts on our surrounding world.

Fact Sheet: Climate

Fracking and enhanced oil recovery contribute significantly to climate change at every stage – extraction, transport, and refining. Unlike in some other states where fracking is primarily targeted at natural gas reserves, fracking in California is almost entirely for heavy crude oil.

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Fact Sheet: Seismology

Around the country, fracking has been directly linked to inducing earthquakes. California has more citizens and infrastructure as risk from earthquakes than any other state. Induced seismicity in already earthquake prone California poses a serious safety concern.

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Fact Sheet: Health

Fracking requires hazardous chemicals that can contaminate the air, water, soil, and food supply at many stages. Research has indicated that fracking chemicals can have dangerous impacts on maternal health and child health. Fracking chemicals have also been linked to cancer, and gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory and developmental disorders.

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Fact Sheet: New Technologies

Unconventional oil extraction is more than just fracking in California. Oil companies apply other unconventional methods such as acidization or carbon dioxide flooding to access California’s resources.

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Fact Sheet: Occupational Safety

The oil and gas industry remains among America’s most dangerous industries to work in. The increase in fracking brings new levels of danger with increases in exposure to silica sand, high concentrations of industrial acids, and explosive crude oil.

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Fact Sheet: Acidization

Acids are used for oil well stimulation in conventional and unconventional techniques. The use of industrial acids is intended to keep up well productivity and further increase the flow of oil.

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Fact Sheet: Urban Oil Fields

Unconventional well stimulation techniques are being applied throughout much of California, including in urban spaces. Due to population density, fracking in cities like Los Angeles means a greater percentage of Californians face health and safety risks everyday.

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Fact Sheet: Wastewater

Extreme oil and gas extraction methods such as fracking create large amounts of wastewater. The methods with which that wastewater is managed mau have  major implications for the economic and environmental health in California.

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Infographic: Well to Wheel Carbon Emissions

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Infographic: Produced Water

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Infographic: EIA Downgrade

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Infographic: Who Regulates Fracking?

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