Oil companies inject their wastewater into federal aquifers

California is letting oil companies dump their fluids and waste where the state gets its drinking water.

Thereby they risk contamination of underground water supplies that could be used for drinking water or irrigation.

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Some of the permits go back decades but nearly half of those injection wells — 46 percent — were permitted or began injection in the last four years under Gov. Jerry Brown.

Those water supplies are especially vital because California, the nation’s most populous state and its agricultural leader, is now entering the fourth year of a historic drought.

Here a GIF showing the terrifying extent of the drought in California.

Read the whole article by Business Insider: Regulators in California have authorized oil companies to inject production fluids and waste into what are now federally protected aquifers more than 2,500 times.

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