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Wastewater from offshore drilling is being dumped into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, and it’s apparently legal.
Oil rig operators have federal permits to dump 9 billion gallons of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, waste into the ocean each year – enough to fill more than 100 football stadiums.
Federal regulators signed off on minor revisions to permits that allowed the oil company DCOR to begin fracking off the coast without completing any environmental reviews, according to a TruthOut report.
The fracking wastewater contains toxic substances such as methanol, benzene, naphthalene, and trimethylbenzene, as well as lead and arsenic that comes from deep inside the undersea rock formations.
Those toxins pose a threat to wildlife and anyone who lives near the ocean or eats fish from it. (source )