Please join us for a meeting at the Center for Biological Diversity to organize our struggle to stop the oil industry from winning an exemption from the Safe Drinking Water Act. We will give testimony on Jan 11th. This will be the planning meeting for that meeting.
Consider these points:
- There are no illegal injection wells, so the deadline for DOGGR to get an aquifer exemption approved by the EPA or shut down injection wells by February 15th does not apply.
- The quality of the aquifer is 7800 TDS (total dissolved solids). Since this is under 10,000, the aquifer qualifies as clean enough and is thereby automatically protected under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
- The aquifer is 800 - 2300 ft in depth.
- There are 15 domestic water use wells within one quarter mile. The number of wells within 1 mile is unknown.
- The edge of the oilfield is approximately 1 mile from the edge of Livermore. The center of the field is approximately 4 miles to the center of the city. There are an estimated 88,000 people living in Livermore.
- This aquifer exemption represents a expansion from the previously exempted zones. The operator would be able to potentially drill injection wells throughout a 78-acre area.
- The field is near the convergence of the Greenville Fault Zone and the Las Positas Fault. Greenville Fault and Las Positas both break the surface. All of these faults are potentially active.
- This exemption is to expand the current exemption and allow the operator to convert a production well into an injection well
- Earlier this year, Alameda County banned fracking, and at the 11th hour, E&B angled to carve out a loophole for water flooding and waste disposal, precisely what this exemption is for.
- We need to protect this water for future generations, when purification technology will be better than it is now, and when clean water may be much scarcer.
- We don’t know what will happen if we allow injection, and how it may after our underground water resources.
Oakland, CA 94612
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