In California, the energy industry and agriculture are targeting the same resources. The process for extracting oil and natural gas trapped underground is called fracking…and it’s taking place all over the country.
Kern County sits at the southern end of California’s central valley.
There, farmers facing an historic drought are worried that fracking threatens their precious water supplies, and others worry that their health is under threat as well.
Photo above taken by Lisa Morehouse. Rodrigo Romo, Anabel Marquez (Shafter residents opposed to fracking) and Juan Flores (organizer with the Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment) stand in a community garden. Oil wells that were fracked can be seen within a quarter mile of the garden.