SHAFTER, CA- Dozens in Shafter protested Saturday morning, speaking out against the oil wells drilled in their neighborhood.
Residents say the wells were fracked contaminating the air and water. But, according to regulators, there is no proof of this contamination.
Residents voiced their concerns holding green flags, asking for justice.
That's because three years ago, Vintage Petroleum started drilling dozens of deep wells in the farm fields north of town using the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing.
"My idea today is I don't want the contamination," said Shafter resident Anabel Marquez.
Fracking is a process used by Kern County oil companies for decades to get oil out of dense rock by pumping water, sand and some chemicals to create fractures and allow oil to flow.
The former head of Bakersfield division of oil and gas, told 17 News back in February there has never been any reported health issues with fracking.
"Its been going on for decades with no reportable adverse impacts that I'm aware or that the division is aware of," said Randy Adams, Former District Deputy, Bakersfield Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources.
And in Shafter, there's no proof yet of reportable adverse impacts.
"Not that we know of yet, but we don't want anything to happen for the future," said Juan Flores, Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment.
Saturday's protest is part of a national effort against hydraulic fracturing. It's called the Global Frackdown.
"All the way from the east coast and the west coast today, all the way to the United States and all the way to Europe," said Flores.
Residents are asking for a moratorium on fracking, or at least an environmental review to make sure no harm has come to the kids and farms in Shafter.
"I know that it's money, but not for the people, it's better for the people with money but not the poor people," said Marquez.
A spokesperson for Occidental, the owner of the vintage wells, said she could not comment on the rally because her company does not comment on operations.