Environment & Science

Nearly 75 percent of state's new oil wells in recent years were drilled in poor areas, study says

A new study shows California oil wells are being built predominantly in low income neighborhoods. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A new study shows California oil wells are being built predominantly in low income neighborhoods. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
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Nearly three-quarters of the new oil wells drilled in California in the past 7 years were in low income communities of color, according to a new analysis. Those numbers are helping fuel a campaign to get Governor Brown to ban new oil wells in the state before he leaves office.

This story is part of Elemental: Covering Sustainability, a new multimedia collaboration between Cronkite News, Arizona PBS, KJZZ, KPCC, Rocky Mountain PBS and PBS SoCal.