What is Left of California Aquifers is Contaminated With Billions of Gallons of Fracking Wastewater

Billions of gallons of wastewater have polluted into California's drinking supply.

After California state regulators shut down 11 fracking wastewater injection wells last July over concerns that the wastewater might have contaminated aquifers used for drinking water and farm irrigation, the EPAordered a report within 60 days.

It was revealed yesterday that the California State Water Resources Board has sent a letter to the EPA confirming that at least nine of those sites were in fact dumping wastewater contaminated with fracking fluids and other pollutants into aquifers protected by state law and the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Timothy Krantz, a professor of environmental studies at the University of Redlands, says these chemicals could pose a serious risk to public health: “The fact that high concentrations are showing up in multiple water wells close to wastewater injection sites raises major concerns about the health and safety of nearby residents.”

Source: Desmog Blog

Photo: National Energy Technology Laboratory

Not only is California's water supply terminally affected by the wastewater, the process of fracking exacerbates the drought that California is currently experiencing.

This comes at a time when California's water supply may evaporate entirely within a matter of months, with no backup plan in place. This hasn't stopped the California state government from devoting billions of gallons of water to make fish happy. Crazy!

If something isn't done soon, California will revert to a desert hellscape.




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