How it Started
In 2013, a group of Ventura County residents got wind of a proposed oil drilling operation in their neighborhood. Concerned about health and environmental hazards, they researched the impacts of local drilling operations – only to discover that hard data was not available to the public. Ventura County desperately needed an organized effort to monitor oil and gas drilling, and advocate for policies that protect the environment and public health.
Awarded tax-exempt status in 2014, CFROG first functioned as a watchdog organization, monitoring oil and gas operations and pressing officials to properly review, permit, and monitor drilling operations.
How it's Going
By 2017, CFROG’s data was clear – there was no such thing as “responsible” oil and gas operations. And so “Citizens for Responsible Oil & Gas” became Climate First: Replacing Oil & Gas. Then Ventura County experienced the Thomas Fire, one of the worst wildfires in California history. The effects of climate change went from solid science to sobering reality.
We knew we needed to do more.
Where we’re Headed
In 2018, we expanded CFROG’s mission to move beyond monitoring oil industry wrongdoing. We now also advocate for positive changes that promote a fossil fuel-free future: clean power, green jobs, and environmental justice. We are part of the movement for a Just Transition on the Central Coast, and work to combat environmental racism and the profound impacts that environmental pollution has on communities of color.
We have grown from an all-volunteer organization to a small but mighty staff.
Looking forward, we continue to grow and fight for an equitable future.