Tired of Wells That Threaten Residents’ Health, a Small California Town Takes on the Oil Industry

Inside Climate News discusses how a small California town is taking on the Oil Industry. The mostly low-income, Latino residents of Arvin have joined with other communities to demand setbacks for wells. Their slogan: “No drilling where we are living.”

In September 2018, Estela Escoto sat down with a team of lawyers and community organizers and weighed her options.

Escoto’s town—Arvin, California—had just granted an oil drilling and well-servicing company, Petro-Lud, a permit to drill four new wells near a neighborhood densely packed with young families and a park where children played soccer.

Escoto, president of an environmental justice group called the Committee for a Better Arvin, was frustrated, but not surprised. For years, she and the committee had been struggling to keep oil and gas development out of their neighborhoods.

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