Alameda County is one of a handful of counties in California to have banned fracking--a great accomplishment! Yet, despite this, and the small footprint of the oil industry in Alameda County, an oil company wants the US EPA to grant an exemption to allow it to inject oilfield wastewater into an aquifer near Livermore, the Greenville Sands. How is this possible? The oil company uses a technique related to fracking known as "water flooding," for which it won an exception to the Alameda County fracking ban.
State agencies (the Water Resources Control Board and Department of Conservation) must issue a recommendation to US EPA, who will then decide on whether or not to grant the exemption to the Safe Drinking Water Act to allow wastewater injection. Unfortunately, the Water Board has issued a preliminary approval, but there are still opportunities to stop them, including at a hearing the agencies are holding in Livermore on Jan 11th.
Whether or not you can attend the hearing, you can help phone bank 350 Bay Area members in the Livermore area to inform them about the hearing, and ask them to attend. Please let Amy (email: firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you are interested, and we will send you a script and phone #s so that you can make calls from home. The schedule can be flexible, but we are targeting the evenings of Wed 1/4 and Thurs 1/5 to make calls.