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California faces its worst drought in 1,200 years and the oil industry may be contaminating the state's precious aquifers, which consumers are increasingly relying upon as rivers, streams, and reservoirs reach record lows.
Oil companies have been pumping waste-water into groundwater sources designed for human consumption, a dangerous practice that the state must immediately halt, environmental groups argue in a new lawsuit.
"We're suing the state because it's letting oil companies dump toxic waste fluid into protected underground water sources," Patrick Sullivan, climate media director for the Center for Biological Diversity, a party to the suit, told VICE News. "If we don't protect these water sources, we're going to regret it."
The oil companies are pumping some of the estimated 130 billion gallons of fluid waste they produce annually in California into aquifers that are protected under the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, Sullivan said. The oil refining process produces about 10 times as much water as oil, leaving companies with a constant struggle over where to inject their waste fluids.
The fluid, a byproduct of fracking and other oil extraction methods, often has high levels of the cancer-causing chemical benzene, research has found.
"We don't know what the health impacts are now but we do know this water has oil in it," Sullivan said, explaining that there was inadequate research at this point on the effects of the liquid.
originally posted by: stormcell
And in 20 years time, the oil companies will be facing a trillion dollar class action lawsuit requiring that they pay for all necessary processing to restore the quality of drinking water.
originally posted by: TerryMcGuire
a reply to: rickymouse
Here is another thing Ricky. The Governor of California is an old lefty. Now I have no problem with old lefties, I still am one but this guy Brown, what a schmo.
He of course was Governor 'Moonbeam" way back when but fell into disfavor when the conservatives in California rose up against him. He made a quick bid for a presidential run but ran out of steam.
Then he quietly rented a loft in Oakland and formed a 'progressive' live in group of activists in the East Bay who called themselves 'We the People". Brown went on to KPFA, listener sponsored free speech radio for several years with his own afternoon talk show as a voice of the people. He espoused all the right progressive platforms and environmental issues for a number of years and became the hope of may environmentalists and progressives in the Bay Area.
Then he used this base in his run for mayor of Oakland. As soon as he won the election he quit his talk show and then seemed to just quit with the progressive rhetoric and settled into being what appeared to me to be just another average mayor. This of course was his launching pad to catapult him back into the governorship when Californians decided they wanted a liberal governor again.
He is the problem here. He should be impeached by the liberals of California right now unless he gets off his duff and stands up for the environmental rights of the citizens of California. Or at least that is how I remember it.