We the undersigned hold the State of California, Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) and the State Water Board - jointly responsible for the protection of the Fillmore Sub-Basin, which is the only source of drinking water and irrigation water for many in the City of Fillmore and surrounding area.
DOGGR and the Water Board are assessing an application to allow expanded oil field waste injection and potentially hydraulic fracturing "fracking" into the Sespe Basal Formation. The oil company, Seneca Resources, has applied to exempt the Sespe Basal Formation from the requirements of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act. The exemption is required to allow injection and fracking.
DOGGR and the Water Board cannot guarantee the Fillmore SubBasin will be protected and therefore the exemption must be denied.
- The Fillmore SubBasin is only 1/2 mile down slope from the Sespe Basal Formation.
- Descriptions of the two basins say interaction between them - fluids passing from one to the other - is "unlikely."
- The City of Fillmore, and many residents do not feel "unlikely" provides enough of a guarantee that their water will not be polluted by the proposed expansion of nearby oil field waste injection, and due to that the City of Fillmore sent a letter opposing the exemption.
- Information provided by DOGGR incorrectly stated the San Cayetano Fault is "impermeable," when in fact, the fault is permeable and could be a conduit for fluids.
DOGGR and the State Water Board have a duty to protect Fillmore's Water - in order to meet that duty the exemption must be denied.