Resources & Info
There is a lot of info out there on Oil & Gas production. Consider the source.
Websites & Blogs
FIND WELLS IN YOUR AREA: Visit the CA Dept. of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources mapping site. You can zoom in on an area and see all the active, new, old, and injection wells in your area.
A good explanation of oil extraction and related processes from the US Dept. Of Energy.
Products made from petroleum. Think you don't need oil? Think again.
Center for Biological Diversitry: The center has at least two lawsuits filed against CA State Div. of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR). Read information on their campaign in CA.
FracFocus.org : a website where companies can (voluntarily right now in CA) disclose the wells they frack and the chemicals they use. About 13 wells in VC are listed now. But since fracking has been taking place here for decades, how many more have actually been fracked? and since it's voluntary, how many are being fracked NOW and not being reported.
Propublica's report on FRACKING: propublica is a news source for the public. Quality indepth reporting. Amazing info on fracking.
Propublica's report on INJECTION WELLS: Injection wells are used for all sorts of waste, including Oil & Gas waste products including "frack fluids". There is a Class II disposal site in Oxnard, and that same company is applying through VC planning to open a facility in Santa Paula (in the Santa Clara River wastershed) because they have outgrown the Oxnard facility.
Environmental Protection Agency - Hydraulic Fracturing: the EPA's site for fracking. You can also view their study on the safety of fracking.
Fulbrights Fracking Blog: A blog written by a leading lawfirm on the east coat that represents the industry. A very credible and well researched blog tracing regulatory and legal issues related to fracking and oil and gas extraction. Includes issues in California.
Sierra Club: the environmental group is watching fracking too. Their ultimate goal on the issue would be to ban it.
ForestWatch: An environmental org keeping an eye of the effects of oil and gas production in our forests. Leases have been sold recently on state and national forest lands, including the Los Padres National Forest. ForestWatch also tracks spills.
You probably have heard about the "fracking movies". Here are a few. If there is one we've missed that you think should be listed, please email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Gasland: A documentary showing the risks and environmental impacts of fracking in Pennsylvania and across the east and midwest. This is the one that shows the water lighting on fire. It is available on netflix, and now on PBS.
Gasland II: Premiers on HBO on July 8. Showings
Fracknation: A documentary responding to Gasland. Claims to tell the truth and punch holes in the story told in Gasland.
Promised Land: A fictional film that tells the story of a landman. This is the one with Matt Damon.
Here is a document obtained from our local office for the State Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources. It lists all the spills and leaks that were reported to them in recent years. It is an excel spreadsheet.
Oil & Gas Companies in Ventura County
Seneca One of the few companies in VC posting on fracfocus, Seneca has many wells in the Sespe fields (behind Fillmore)
Aera Energy: The largest onshore producer in VC, Aera operates mostly in the oil fields along Ventura Avenue and the Ventura River.
Vintage (owned by Oxy or Occidental Petroleum) Oxy is one, if not the largest chemical company in the world. Vintage has been operating in Ventura County for a long time, it has wells in the Ojai Oil Fields and around VC.
Thompson Oil (no website): one of several small oil companies in VC. Thompson operates in the Santa Paula, Upper Ojai area.
Mirada oil: Mirada is another small company. Currently applying to County for 11 new wells.
There are more, they will be listed soon.
Other Companies in the industry
Halliburton A large company in many industries. Halliburton developed fracking technology decades ago, and is a leader in the fracking business. If you see Halliburton trucks in the area, they are probably coming or going to a frack job.
Baker Hughes Another fracking servicing company. They bring their chemical mixtures, pumps etc. to frack jobs. They also provide services for all aspects of oil and gas production.
Click here to see a video about some of Baker Hughes fracking components.
Anterra A Ventura County based oilfield waste management company. They have outgrown their facility in Oxnard, and are applying to open a new facility in Santa Paula.
Rain For Rent: operates in Ventura County from location in Santa Paula. Brings water and transports fluids.
Oilfield Services Co.