Leaking injection wells may pose a risk--and the science has not kept pace with the growing glut of wastewater
Over the past several decades, U.S. industries have injected more than 30 trillion gallons of toxic liquid deep into the earth, using broad expanses of the nation's geology as an invisible dumping ground.
No company would be allowed to pour such dangerous chemicals into the rivers or onto the soil. But until recently, scientists and environmental officials have assumed that deep layers of rock beneath the earth would safely entomb the waste for millennia.
There are growing signs they were mistaken.
May 7, 2013
Kimberly Rivers, OVN correspondent
Local residents are forming a nonprofit organization aimed at working with stakeholders to ensure oil and gas operations in Ventura County have “effective oversight.”
Citizens For Responsible Oil and Gas (CFROG) was formed by a group of 20 west county residents, in response to what they deem has been a lack of environmental review by Ventura County, which recently approved nine new oil wells and two wells to be reopened in the area above Thomas Aquinas College in Upper Ojai.
Marjorie Hernandez, VC Star
Originally published 06:01 p.m., May 7, 2013
Updated 06:24 p.m., May 7, 2013
Residents opposing plans that allow a Santa Paula-based company to operate 11 gas wells in Upper Ojai filed appeals with the county this week.
The two appeals were filed with the Ventura County Planning Department on May 3 and Monday, said Brian Baca, county commercial and industrial section manager. Monday was the last day to file an appeal. Another date will be set when the appellants may state their case to Ventura County Planning Commission members, Baca said.
One appeal was filed by residents who formed a group called Citizens for Responsible Oil and Gas.
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Alberta-based environmental consultant Jessica Ernst just released the first comprehensive catalog and summary compendium of facts related to the contamination of North America’s ground water sources resulting from the oil and gas industry’s controversial practice of fracking.