Target: California Governor Jerry Brown
Goal: Thank California for banning the dumping of toxic fracking waste into drinking water
For years, California fracking companies were dumping their waste into aquifers, putting public health at risk. To add to the problem, California is currently experiencing a terrible drought. It has cost them $2.2 billion from losses in agriculture alone.
So, many farmers and water companies alike started to take water from aquifers, which is logical. However, many of these aquifers — at least 100 throughout the state — were previously deemed unsuitable for drinking or consuming. Others were too deep underground for realistic or easy access.
Because California officials thought the water would not be used, they exempted the aquifers from environmental protection. Fracking and hydraulics companies then started to dump water into these aquifers. However, beyond that, waste was being dumped into at least seven aquifers that were not exempt from environmental protection. This is where the problem lies. People were being exposed to the same water that fracking waste was being dumped in. This can create a myriad of health problems.
The ForceChange community previously asked California to make this dumping illegal. And the state finally passed the legislation. While the state does not have any evidence that direct drinking water has been affected, they are cutting out the risk before anything gets really dangerous.
While the water sources are being tested for safety, all of the oil and gas injection sites — which put waste in water — are being shut down. When they determine which aquifers are drinkable and which are not, they will allow them to dump into already unusable water again. Also, they promise to strengthen regulation so this mix up does not happen again in the future. Thank California for taking action on this destructive situation.
Dear Governor Brown,
We want to thank you for working to keep California’s water supply clean. In such a large state with so much industry, it is hard to please all parties. The oil and gas companies do need somewhere to dump their waste. However, when that need infringes upon the need of citizens to have clean water, we start to see a problem.
We also appreciate that your state is taking the time to do a full examination of the issue. It is easy to just put a band-aid over a problem instead of taking the time to do research and really come up with the best solution. The solution will not only ensure that California’s drinking water is safe now, but that it will also be safe in the future.
[Your Name Here]
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