California’s Fracking Wastewater Full Of Toxic Chemicals

A March 2015 study from the Environmental Working Group, Toxic Stew: What’s in Fracking Wastewater?, was released the same day state lawmakers were scheduled to hold a hearing to examine the threats to groundwater from oil and gas drilling waste.

The report concludes that California’s reporting system is inadequate, with drilling companies failing to report full details or failing to report on some wells entirely. The report recommended putting an immediate stop to the disposal of oil and gas drilling wastewater into wells that may put California’s water supplies at risk. Once drinking water becomes contaminated it is extremely costly, in some cases impossible, to clean up.

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