Wednesday, April 8, 2015

California Drought, Fracking, and Waste-Water Contaminated Aquifers

Read the headlines and discover how much water drought-wracked California wastes on fracking, while ALLOWING injection of fracking waste into potable fresh aquifers:

Rory Carroll (2015, April 3) Exclusive: California used 70 million gallons of water in fracking in 2014 (2015, April 3). Reuters,

Center for Biological Diversity (2014, October 6 ). Documents Reveal Billions of Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Injected into Central California aquifers.

Thomas, Madeleine (2014, October 10). Frackers are dumping toxic waste into California’s groundwater. Grist,

PROPUBLIC INVESTIGATION: [excerpted] A 2012 ProPublica investigation of more than 700,000 injection wells across the country found that wells were often poorly regulated and experienced high rates of failure, outcomes that were likely polluting underground water supplies that are supposed to be protected by federal law. That investigation also disclosed a little-known program overseen by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency that exempted more than 1,000 other drinking water aquifers from any sort of pollution protection at all, many of them in California.

Abrahm LustgartenDec. 11, 2012, Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply ProPublica,

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