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Judith Lewis Mernit

Judith Lewis Mernit

Judith Lewis Mernit reports on the environment, social justice and public health in California. Her award-winning work has appeared in The Guardian, High Country News, Mother Jones and Sierra Magazine. She is currently a contributing editor at Capital & Main in Los Angeles.

Judith Lewis Mernit
Photograph of "crude oil surface expression" at Cymric Oil Field. | Still by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response
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Earth Focus

Spill Draws Attention to Steam-Based Oil Extraction

A growing Kern County oil spill draws attention to a steam extraction method that is more common than "fracking," yet lacks the same level of regulation.
Closeup shot of residue on oil pump jack. | Still from "Earth Focus"
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Earth Focus

Thick and Viscous: California Oil Production Among the Dirtiest in the Country

California oil has lifted people out of poverty and helped the nation win wars but now the public is becoming increasingly aware of petroleum’s role in altering the climate and endangering their health.
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