Protect Newly Discovered Groundwater From Oil Companies

Target: California State Oil and Gas Supervisor Kenneth Harris

Goal: Stop oil and gas companies from tainting the clean groundwater found in drought-stricken California.

Extra groundwater has been found in California’s aquifers, but it’s under threat from oil and natural gas drilling. A recent study found that the state’s deep aquifers in Central Valley contain three times more groundwater than previously thought, which is great news for a state going through such an intense drought. However, this doesn’t mean a thing if the water is tainted with oil or other pollutants from drilling.

Central Valley in California is where an entire quarter of the nation’s food is grown. The lack of water from the drought threatens the entire nation as farmers struggle to keep their crops alive. At the same time, oil and gas companies are allowed to drill right in the middle of groundwater aquifers that have been deemed inaccessible due to their depth. However, new technology has made many of these aquifers reachable, meaning they could provide huge amounts of water to farmers trying to help their crops survive the drought.

The California Division of Oil, Gas & Geothermal Resources needs to reassess the Central Valley aquifers and revoke drilling permissions from oil companies based on the new technology that makes the groundwater reachable. People will always need water, but the same is not true for oil or natural gas. Sign our petition to demand that action be taken to save our food supplies.


Dear Mr. Harris,

Recent studies have found that there is three times more water in the Central Valley aquifers as previously thought. It was also once thought that these deep aquifers were too deep for the water to be extracted, but thanks to new technology, this is no longer true. Much of that water could be brought to the surface, but it’s currently at risk of being contaminated by the oil and natural gas drilling allowed to take place in these aquifers.

The state of California needs all the clean water it can get. As I’m sure you’re aware, the drought in your state has threatened the crops in Central Valley that feed a quarter of the United States. It could be years before things are back to normal, and in the meantime, that extra groundwater could be used to water crops and prevent a sharp increase in food prices.

These aquifers need to be reevaluated based on current technology and protected from oil and gas drilling. Permission for these energy companies to drill in the aquifers should be revoked as soon as possible to keep this precious water from being contaminated. Please look into this issue and do what’s best for the state and the nation as a whole.


[Your Name Here]

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