California’s oil and gas industry operates under the watchful eyes of more than 30 state, federal, county and local agencies
Opponents of California’s oil and gas production like to paint a picture of an industry operating without thought for protecting public health and the environment. They want you to believe the industry isn’t accountable to the people of California.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
For starters, companies like Aera are committed to operational excellence, meeting regulatory requirements, protecting people and the environment, and supporting community well-being.
But beyond that, the state’s oil and gas industry operates under the rigorous oversight of more than 30 federal, state, regional, county and municipal agencies. These agencies oversee planning, permitting, and operation of all oil and gas projects and facilities — with often overlapping regulatory programs.
Moreover, these agencies have local offices that provide frequent inspections. The authority of these agencies not only ensures regulatory compliance but public transparency and assurance that the producer is protecting public health and safety. This oversight ensures the California oil and gas industry operates under some of the most stringent regulations in the world.
Among the agencies overseeing California oil production are:
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- U.S. Bureau of Land Management
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
- U.S. Geological Survey
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration
- California Environmental Protection Agency
- CalEPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
- California Geologic Energy Management Division (CalGEM)
- California Department of Public Health
- California Coastal Commission
- California Department of Fish and Wildlife
- California Office of Spill Prevention and Response
- California Department of Toxic Substances Control
- California Division of Occupational Safety & Health
- California Department of Water Resources
- California State Water Resources Control Board
- Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board
- Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board
- California Air Resources Board
- San Joaquin Valley Unified Air Pollution Control District
- South Coast Air Quality Management District
- Ventura County Air Pollution Control District
- Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District
- Monterey Bay Air Resources District
- California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
- California State Lands Commission
- California State Fire Marshall
- California Highway Patrol
- Certified Unified Program Agencies (Fresno, Kern, Monterey, Orange and Ventura Counties)
- Kern County Planning and Natural Resources Department
- Ventura County Resource Management Agency