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 fought for (and won) an exception to the Alameda County fracking ban.
The state Water Resources board 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, such as by speaking out at this hearing.
Attending the hearing is an important way to make your voice heard, but whether or not you can go to the hearing, you can submit written comments to the state Department of Conservation through email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through postal mail to the following address:
Department of Conservation 801 K Street, MS 18-05
Sacramento, CA 95814 ATTN: Aquifer Exemption.
The comment period closes Wed, Jan 25th, 2017 at 5pm. Here are talking points for written comments, or writing letters to the editor of Bay Area newspapers. Here is a comment letter submitted by 350 Bay Area, as an example.
UPDATE: You can send a letter to your legislator here, through the Center for Biological Diversity's action alert, asking them to advocate for protection of the Livermore Aquifer.
Rally Beforehand at 4pm, Lizzie Fountain Park(1st St and Livermore Ave), Downtown Livermore
Weather permitting, the plan is for creative costumes and artwork that you won't want to miss! See more details on the rally Facebook event page.
If you need a ride to the hearing, or are driving and are willing to take other passengers, please post a comment on this page and we can help arrange a carpool.
3575 Pacific Ave
Livermore, CA 94550
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