WSPA Bay Area Factsheet

Map of Bay Area Refineries

Bay Area

Total industry jobs in the Bay 
Area* (2013): 88,060

Industry’s Annual economic impact
 to the Bay Area: $77.63 Billion

Bay Area Industry’s Total tax 
revenue contribution:
State & Local: $4.247 Billion
Source: LAEDC, 2013

Bay Area County Budget most vulnerable if petroleum industry 
is downsized or eliminated

  1. Health
  2. Public Safety
  3. Human Services

These three budget areas alone amount to 62% of total budget expenditures for all Bay Area counties

Percentage of total revenues contributed to bay area county budgets by the industry:

19.6% (or 1 in every 5 dollars in revenue to bay area county budgets):

The petroleum’s industry’s benefit on jobs is Bay Area Counties

Total industry employment in each county (includes direct, indirect and induced employment):

Total: 12% out of 3,682,400 Jobs
Source: LAEDC and California Center for Jobs & the Economy


Bay Area refineries have made significant investments in new technologies and innovation in order to achieve great benefits for the Bay Area’s air quality

  • Bay Area refineries emit 2-3% of the pollutants
 that cause smog
  • Over the past 30 years, refineries have reduced 
 emissions at more than twice the rate of other 
  • Greater than 60% reduction in criteria pollutants since 1990

Source: Bay Area Air Quality Management District Advisory Council Presentation on June 15, 2016


Total industry jobs in CA (2013): 455,940

Industry Annual Economic Impact (Statewide): $204 Billion

Industry Total Revenues to CA
State & Local Government: 
$21.24 Billion
Source: Los Angeles County Economic Development 
Corporation (LAEDC), 2013

Where are petroleum products in our everyday lives

Most people associate petroleum with transportation (gasoline) — but we rely upon many everyday 
products that are petroleum-based, such as:

  • Plastics
  • Ink
  • Paint
  • Shoe Polish
  • Nylons
  • Roof shingles
  • Novelty Candy
  • Cosmetics
  • Candles
  • Vaseline
  • Bug Killers
  • Ammonia
  • Tires
  • Asphalt
  • Crayons
  • Paper cups
  • Wax paper

California’s Great Demand for 

  1. 40.3 Million gallons of gasoline consumed 
 every day and 7.6 million gallons of diesel consumed every day.
  2. 32 Million vehicles in California
  3. 92% of all transportation energy use in 
 California comes from petroleum.

Where does California’s oil come from to meet such high demand 
for energy?
 California’s fuel refineries receive 38 percent of their crude oil from California, 12 percent from Alaska and 50 percent from foreign sources.

Source of Crude Oil in California


* ”Total Industry Jobs” include company employees and building contractors who work with industry’s companies.

Related News & Resources