For some reason, California STILL allows oil and gas companies to dump their toxic wastewater in open and unlined pits.
Last week, regulators approved the expanded use of oil wastewater for irrigation of crops in Kern County.
Resistance to erasing a drinking water source from potential use is happening in many communities like San Luis Obispo.
In January, Clean Water Action exposed a little known secret in the Safe Drinking Water Act that lets oil and gas companies dispose of their wastewater and conduct oil and gas extraction activities directly in potential sources of drinking water. The secret is called an “aquifer exemption”.
Over the last month, the power and influence of the oil industry in the California Legislature has been clear.