The fallout from the ongoing review of California’s deeply flawed Underground Injection Control program continues as new documents reveal that state regulators are
investigating more than 500 injection wells for potentially dumping oil
industry wastewater into aquifers protected under the federal Safe
Drinking Water Act as well as state law.
According to a report by the Associated Press, state officials permitted
oil and gas companies to dispose of waste and other fluids into
aquifers containing drinking and irrigation water more than 2,500
times. Significantly, 46 percent of these permits were authorized
within the last four years – the same timeframe during which the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) warned California that
regulators were not sufficiently protecting underground water
reserves in the drought-stricken state.