Tomorrow Earthworks will release the results of an air quality and health study conducted in Upper Ojai (Lost Hills in Kern County was also studied). The study is titled "Californians at Risk: an analysis of health threats from oil and gas pollution in two communities".
"Although oil and gas development has occurred in California for years, until Californians at Risk no one has recorded or analyzed it's volatile organic compound pollution using infrared video - the same technology that companies and regulators use to detect leaks - and then identified the individual constituents of that pollution and the health risks associated with it."
The study and results has been "externally reviewed by academic experts" and the study reportedly shows that due to a conflict of interest in the mandate of the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources DOGGR (the state regulatory agency for oil and gas operations), which emphasizes promoting the production of oil and gas resources in the state, that it should be the California Department of Health which analyzes the potential health risks and impacts from oil and gas development in the State.
DOGGR, in adhering to recently passed regulations (SB4) has released the first Draft Environmental Impact Report (VCInFocus is reviewing for further reporting soon) and a scientific assessment of currently available data.
VCInFocus will post the report here as soon as it is released Thursday Morning.