An oil company has proposed to inject oilfield wastewater into an aquifer near Livermore (the Greenville Sands), through a loophole in Alameda County's fracking ban, If state regulators and the US EPA let them proceed, this could poison a future source of drinking water, and put the Bay Area at increased earthquake risk. Many Livermore and Bay Area residents spoke out against this proposal at a Department of Conservation Hearing on January 11th. Submit a written comment before January 25th to demand that state regulators STOP this dangerous proposal!
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. Thanks to all those who attended a public hearing in Livermore on Jan 11th! You can submit written comments to the state Department of Conservation through email to: email@example.com, 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.