March 6, 2021

California’s fight for environmental justice. This podcast was recorded for the The Rights Pod at Stanford University where Miriam is a student.

Miriam Wallstrom speaks with Sacramento City Councilmember Katie Valenzuela about the health impacts of living near oil wells in California and the legislative attempts to create setbacks between oil wells and communities.

Katie has suffered from severe asthma from breathing toxins from oil and gas wells since she was a child. Her previous job was working as the policy and political director for the California Environmental Justice Alliance, where she testified in Sacramento on a bill that would have created 2,500 foot safety setbacks from oil and gas wells.


Show Notes

Follow the Center for Race, Poverty, and the Environment to keep up to date on their efforts in Kern County:

More information on AB 345:

Oil well tracker: