Across California, oil wells pepper residential neighborhoods — often sited directly next to homes, schools and businesses.
These residential wells have been linked to a host of health problems, ranging from asthma to cancer and beyond. And these problems disproportionately affect California’s communities of color.
This week, producer Alexandria Herr undertakes a journey to find out whether California is really the green state everybody thinks it is.
We’ll explore hidden oil wells, the history of redlining and the oil boom that kicked off during World War II to understand why residential drilling in California looks the way it does today.
Part of the discussion touches on pictures of California oil rigs that are disguised or decorated. Here they are:
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