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Oil Industries Toxic Wastewater Threatens California Water Supplies

Health & Wellness  (tags: California, drinking water, wastewater. fracking, oil industry, flowback, toxins, Gov. Brown )

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Every year the states oil industry produces some 130 billion gallons of wastewater. But where do oil companies put this dirty fluid? Injected into protected California aquifers clean enough to drink and to irrigate crops.


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Sheryl G (359)
Friday February 27, 2015, 3:18 pm
Almost 3 billion gallons of oil industry wastewater have been illegally dumped into central California aquifers that supply drinking water and farming irrigation, according to state documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity. The wastewater entered the aquifers through at least nine injection disposal wells used by the oil industry to dispose of waste contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants.

Roger G (148)
Friday February 27, 2015, 3:25 pm
noted, thanks

Animae C (508)
Friday February 27, 2015, 4:01 pm

T.Y. Dandelion

JL A (281)
Friday February 27, 2015, 6:42 pm
Thanks for sharing this very disturbing CA problem Dandelion.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 6:26 am
California is in urgent need of water, not oil.
So, every measure should be put in place to protect and generate healthy water supplies.

Athena F (131)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 8:11 pm
thank you, no one needs more oil. we all need clean water though

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 8:54 pm
I agree with Dandelion

Mandi T (367)
Saturday February 28, 2015, 10:38 pm
Horrible, and we are so short of water.

Arild Warud (174)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 3:19 am
Not good,not good at all.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 4:03 am
No one can survive without drinkable water

Birgit W (160)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:14 am
Water is more important than oil or gas.

Past Member (0)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 5:38 am
We can't live without WATER!

Robert T (62)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 6:09 am
If we continue to elect politicians with no backbone this will be very common all over the U. S. Especially, if the GOP takes control of the WH and both houses of congress.
To Add To The Problem.....Nestle thinks water rights can be bought. Even Rainwater.
Here is quote from the 6/12/13 edition of Prison Planet:
Companies should own every single bit of water on the planet, according to Nestle’s former CEO and now-Chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe. His position, shared by many others in his ranks, is one of profits over people and corporate rights over human rights. They advocate a sort of survival-of-the-richest, where only those with money should have access to “privileges” like water.
We/ve been warned and we had better do something about it.

Sheryl G (359)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 11:54 am
Correct there on the rainwater, some areas in the USA have made it illegal to collect rainwater.

Nancy Black (308)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 12:42 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared. Shame that in our society, human, animal welfare, environment, ecology, and the future of our planet is a far second to the green of money. This greed may even threaten our survival. If the strong survive, it's time for the majority of citizens to stand up and be heard.

Lois Jordan (63)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:30 pm
Noted. Thanks, Dandelion. Dumping toxic wastewater and poisoning aquifers is absolutely unpatriotic. I have mentioned that maybe it's time we start a major media campaign labeling these corporations as "destroyers of America." (Many of them don't even pay taxes equivalent to most U.S. citizens).

Peter Blattner (86)
Sunday March 1, 2015, 1:54 pm
Sometimes you might think that my comments are a bit anti-U.S.- American would, but this is not so, unfortunately, what I write are true facts. This is about the waste and pollution of the water that produces the oil industry.
Did you know but also the US is one of the world's biggest water spendthrift. The daily average consumption of Americans are gigantic +/- 1000 liters. The water consumption of an Indian are +/- 17 liter and an African (for example, in Sudan) even just a measly 7 liters. Of course, this is not the fault of the einzelenen citizen, but it's the industry. Here in Switzerland, for example, cold water is free because we have countless lakes and vast underground water reserves. And that induced the Swiss to also tons of drinking water to waste (about 400 liters). (Drinking) water is a very valuable asset and we should do everything we can to make it not without reason to waste!

P A (117)
Monday March 2, 2015, 7:52 am
This situation is insane - who elected the lamentable lackwits to government who permitted this to happen?! People cannot drink oil - they NEED water for food crops, for animals, for themselves.

P A (117)
Monday March 2, 2015, 7:54 am
Dandelion - have just read your comment about some places in the US making illegal to collect your own rainwater - you WHAT?!! What kind of spineless/mistreated people live there to permit this scandalous law?

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Monday March 2, 2015, 8:06 am

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 2, 2015, 9:08 am
Americans best get on the ball then, or else they'll have so much pollution in their water they will be down to having only 7 liters to use. If they enjoy the lifestyle of what they have they best protect it. Of coarse everyone should be careful of the amount they use.

When I lived and raised my children on the barrier island we didn't have water to waste. Our water table was so low that as the ocean, river, and the sand below us shifted we could have anything from un-usable water to good water. I lived there for 15 years and only the last two did I have good water, which helped in the sale for the home at the time. I raised two children and they knew to not waste one drop as all the water was brought in by their Father, all by hand. In the summer and good weather we had a hydrant with a spout on it to collect the water into containers just off the island, in the winter we had to go inside the police station and a further drive. I tell you, when you have to bring in every drop like that you are careful.

I'm not sure where you get the figure on how much Americans use but I assure you I use far less that that. If that is the daily figure my entire monthly amount is 5678.1177 Liters. Granted I use an outside laundry service so I use their water, but that is once a week so I would say I'm still far below what the average American uses. We all can learn to use less and be a lot more careful.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 2, 2015, 9:09 am
Oh yes, to above statement I am an American and this total is also taking into consideration I have my Grandchild living with is two of us.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 2, 2015, 9:43 am
Just saw your question Pat. The Corporations have been forcing people to pay for everything and permit no way to get out from under or to be self sufficient on their own terms. These "funders" like the Koch Brothers and others make sure to place their "puppets" into positions, and it isn't just Federal seats that we mostly talk about, it's local levels.

Many times these laws are passed without the knowledge of the people, most people probably do not collect the rainwater and when they do, they are so few that it tends to not make the papers. But as the price of water goes up, with it's destruction, more people will look for ways to cut costs, collecting rainwater is one way. Then they'll get a surprise of their life. It's made the news once in awhile, but I doubt that most people know of it for so much is missed and Corporate Media isn't going to cover it often.....if at all.

This is an article about illegal to collect rainwater.
Collecting Rainwater Now Illegal In Many States

This is another where it's referred to as STATE rainwater. I always thought it was rain that fell where it wanted and was for everything it fell upon. They may have their so called "reasons" to me it's a bunch of BS just to get people boxed in. This also has a map of the States that now have these laws.
State Rainwater

P A (117)
Tuesday March 3, 2015, 2:05 am
Thanks so much for the clarification Dandelion - I am going to look at the articles later as I don't have time now, but I am still appalled - there should be a huge stink about this and people should fire anyone who voted for such a vile thing!

Leanne B (46)
Thursday March 5, 2015, 7:18 pm
Frustrating big oil polluters are allowed to spoil our waters. Thanks for this posting and the links.

Sheryl G (359)
Monday March 16, 2015, 2:17 pm
There is now a posted petition to this situation. See link below.

Darren Woolsey (218)
Monday March 16, 2015, 4:49 pm
Noted, signed and shared petition.
Thanks Dandelion

Darren Woolsey (218)
Friday September 16, 2016, 6:56 am
Tell California Gov. Brown to ban fracking
Reshared petition over social media, Dandelion
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