top
Newswire
Calendar
Features
From the Open-Publishing Calendar
From the Open-Publishing Newswire
Indybay Feature
Tue Feb 17 2015
Cancer-causing Chemicals Found in Fracking Flowback From California Oil Wells
EPA Urged to Shut Down Oil Industry Wastewater Wells Threatening California Aquifers
Flowback fluid from fracked oil wells in California commonly contains dangerous levels of cancer-causing chemicals, a new analysis by the Center for Biological Diversity has found. Flowback fluid is a key component of oil-industry wastewater from fracked wells, which is commonly disposed of in injection wells, which often feed into aquifers, including some that could be used for drinking water and irrigation. Oil wastewater is also dumped into open pits.

Benzene levels over 1,500 times the federal limits for drinking water were found in fracking flowback fluid tests dating back to April 2014 obtained and analyzed by the Center. Benzene in excess of federal limits was found in 320 tests, and chromium-6 was detected 118 times. Both chemicals can cause cancer. “Cancer-causing chemicals are surfacing in fracking flowback fluid just as we learn that the California oil industry is disposing of wastewater in hundreds of illegal disposal wells and open pits,” said Hollin Kretzmann, the Center lawyer who conducted the analysis. “Gov. Brown needs to shut down all the illegal wells immediately and ban fracking to fight this devastating threat to California’s water supply.”

Hundreds of injection wells were recently revealed to be illegally dumping oil industry wastewater into scores of California aquifers, including some that supply water for drinking and farming irrigation. Recently revealed documents from the EPA and the state’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources show that state and federal regulators have investigated at least 532 oil industry injection wells across the state — from Monterey County and sites near San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara to Kern and Los Angeles counties — over concerns they are illegally dumping wastewater into scores of aquifers containing water that should be protected under state and federal laws.

Read More | Center for Biological Diversity | See Also: EPA Urged to Shut Down Oil Industry Wastewater Wells Threatening California Aquifers | Anti-fracking coalition calls for shut down of toxic injection wells | Sierra Club Condemns State Injection Well Practices, Calls for Investigation | Oilfield Surfactants Market to Increase to Over $1 Billion by 2020 due to Fracking

Previous Coverage: 3 Billion Gallons of Oil Industry Wastewater Illegally Dumped into Central Valley Aquifers
11/14/18 Celebrating Veterans Day in the Style of Original Armistice Day Front Page | Anti-War | South Bay | International11/14/18 Investigators Looking into Role Played by PG&E and Southern California Edison in Fires Front Page | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Central Valley | California11/04/18 California's Prop 10 Marks New Rebellion Against Greedy Landlords, Realtors and Developers Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | California | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia11/03/18 Denying Water, Sanitation, and Health Services Is Cruel and Inhuman Treatment Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | San Francisco | East Bay | California | International | Government & Elections11/03/18 Four Activists Arraigned on Seven Felony Charges Each After Mass Arrest at Chicken Farm Front Page | North Bay / Marin | Animal Liberation11/03/18 San Francisco Demonstration Dramatized Animals Killed for Food “Haunting” the City Front Page | San Francisco | Animal Liberation10/28/18 Community Survival Camp Forming in Santa Cruz Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Government & Elections | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/23/18 In Bay Area, Marriott Employees in Oakland, SF and San José On Strike and Off the Job Front Page | Labor & Workers | San Francisco | South Bay | East Bay | U.S.10/07/18 Tenants Rights Demonstrations Continue at Properties of Slumlords Front Page | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia10/02/18 Rallies Stand Up for Christine Blasey Ford as Future of Supreme Court at Stake Front Page | Womyn | San Francisco | East Bay | Peninsula | U.S. | Government & Elections09/29/18 Founders of "Public Safety" Group Discuss Their Own Brushes with the Law Front Page | Police State & Prisons | Health, Housing & Public Services | Santa Cruz Indymedia
Related Categories: California | Central Valley | North Coast | Santa Cruz Indymedia | Environment & Forest Defense | Health, Housing & Public Services | Front Page