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Hydraulic Fracturing Facts

What is hydraulic fracturing?

  • Safe and well-established well stimulation technology used in California for 60 years

  • Wells designed and constructed to meet the strict regulations & engineering specifications of the Division of Oil, Gas, & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)

  • Uses state-of-the-art engineering and modeling tools, combined with best management practices

  • ​No indication of adverse effects to the environment or harm to human health and safety​

  • Fracturing fluids, consisting primarily of water and sand, are injected into the formation  

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Quality

A landmark study in 2004 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded there was “little to no risk of fracturing fluid contaminating underground sources of drinking water during hydraulic fracturing.”

In 2012, a study of the Inglewood Oil Field closely examined 14 specific environmental risk factors associated with hydraulic fracturing, including groundwater and earthquake risks, and concluded there were no adverse impacts to any.