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Latin American communities prepare to fight fracking

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By Jhon Arbelaez

April 20, 2015

On a recent camping trip to California's Big Sur region, I was overwhelmed by how many other campers were out there in the middle of the wilderness. Along the river bank, at least two dozen tents were set up, some on hillsides, others in flash flood zones. Everyone was there with one thought in mind - to have fun. Yet in this state, no one stopped to consider the consequences of their actions:

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Californians are at risk because Californians’ fracking health risks are ignored

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By Jhon Arbelaez

March 30, 2015

Earthworks, in partnership with Clean Water Action, recently published California’s first infrared analysis of oil & gas air pollution’s impact on communities.

When we began research for this report nearly a year ago, we discovered a disturbing lack of data specific to California on the health effects from oil & gas in our state. With a production of nearly 200 million barrels of oil in 2013 alone, this lack of data raises serious questions about our state’s priorities when it comes to protecting the health of its citizens.

We examined two communities. Our analysis found that residents living along with oil & gas production in Lost Hills (Kern County), and Upper Ojai (Ventura County), are at increased risk for health impacts from exposure to oil and gas air emissions.

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