Californian Waters Still Polluted In Spite of Regulations

And this report is now  year old!

A groundbreaking report by Patrick Porgans, ‘Solutionist’ at Planetary Solutionaries on January 16, 2015 painted a bleak picture of California’s water quality.

“Public records attest to the fact that after 40 years of regulatory programs, and more than $50 billion in expenditures, the Golden State’s water bodies have increased in toxicity! Trends Include 170% Increase In CA Toxicity Listings Since 2006: Increased water monitoring data shows the number of rivers, streams and lakes in California exhibiting overall toxicity have increased 170 percent from 2006 to 2010. More of California’s waterways are toxically polluted ‘water quality impaired’ than previously known, according to a list of polluted waterways submitted by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and finalized by the agency in 2011.” 

The most recent story to break on Friday, February 6, 2015, by the Associated Press:

“Regulators in California, the country’s third-largest oil producing state, have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times, risking contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation, state records show.”

“While the permits go back decades, an Associated Press analysis found that nearly half of those injection wells – 46 percent – were approved or began injections in the last four years under Gov. Jerry Brown, who has pushed state oil and gas regulators to speed up the permitting process. That happened despite growing warnings from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency since 2011 that state regulators were out of compliance with federal laws meant to protect underground drinking-water stores from oilfield contamination.”

“In California, ‘we need a big course correction. We need to get the system back in compliance,’ said Jared Blumenfeld, regional administrator for the EPA. ‘Californians expect their water is not being polluted by oil producers … This poses that very real danger.’” california-water-use-image

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