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Clean Water Action Endorses Joan Buchanan for California Senate (7th District)

Clean Water Action says Buchanan is the best environmental choice for SD7

March 5, 2015 – Today, Clean Water Action announced that it has endorsed Joan Buchanan for California’s 7th Senate District (SD7). Buchanan has a good environmental record, and scored 100% on Clean Water Action’s scorecard in 2010. Clean Water’s California Director, Miriam Gordon, said:

 “Joan Buchanan is the clear environmental choice in the race for the Senate seat in District 7. She has a record of standing for the protection of the Delta and supports conservation, recharging aquifers, and regional sustainability as the way to meet California’s water needs.”  

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03/06/2015 - 12:16

Proposed Bill Would Protect California Aquifers from Oil and Gas Injection

SACRAMENTO -- Assemblymember Das Williams (D-Carpinteria) today introduced Assembly Bill 356, which would require groundwater monitoring near Class II injection wells in order to protect underground sources of drinking water from oil and gas wastewater disposal and enhanced oil recovery (EOR) treatments.  The bill would provide the State Water Resources Control Board the authority to review groundwater monitoring plans as part of oil companies' permit application or notice of intent for injection wells.

“We cannot continue to jeopardize the quality of one of our most precious natural resources. My priority with this bill is the safety of Californians.

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02/17/2015 - 15:24

California allows potentially toxic wastewater injections into protected aquifers

State permits more than 2,000 oil and gas injection wells in protected sources of drinking water despite shrinking water supplies during drought

(February 9, 2015) —Thousands of California oil and gas injection wells may be in violation of the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act, according to documents turned over to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Friday by the California Division of Oil Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) regarding the state’s Underground Injection Control (UIC) Class II Program.

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02/09/2015 - 17:47

Water regulators' plan fails to protect groundwater from oil companies’ toxic discharges into open pits

After decades of failing to enforce state laws meant to protect California's groundwater from oil industry discharges, regulators have announced a new plan to oversee oil and gas wastewater disposal into open pits, also known as sumps. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (the Regional Board) announced Thursday that it will begin to more actively oversee this disposal method. Clean Water Action said the plan does not go far enough and called for a statewide prohibition on oil sumps.

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02/05/2015 - 14:13

Californians At Risk

To the more than 5 million Californians living within a mile of oil and gas wells, the Golden State is oil country. Tens of thousands of active wells produce nearly 200 million barrels of oil every year, making California the third largest oil producing state in the country. Despite the fact that so many people live near oil and gas facilities, neither the industry nor the State have adequately investigated the impacts on public health. No extensive studies have been conducted to determine how communities and people living close to oil and gas in California are affected.

To  understand the impacts of oil and gas development on California communities Clean Water Action and our allies at Earthworks studied health and air contaminants in two communities in the heart of oil country - Lost Hills in Kern County, and Upper Ojai in Ventura County.

Stop Oil Companies from Dumping Toxic Wastewater

The oil industry is putting our water at risk by dumping wastewater into open pits. TAKE ACTION NOW to end this shortsighted and dangerous practice.

Across the Central Valley, already the home of severe water shortages, degraded groundwater and the worst air quality in the country, Big Oil is dumping wastewater containing a mixture of harmful chemicals, including volatile organic compounds and heavy metals, into unlined and open-air pits. These pits are designed both to let the toxic wastewater leak into the ground and evaporate into the air.

Help Solve the Drought - Take Action to Protect Groundwater

California Drought - Dry RiverbedThe 2014 groundwater legislation that Clean Water Action helped pass was a big victory for California! But there’s still work to be done to ensure that California has a sustainable supply of groundwater to support our future water needs.  

One major gap is the lack of information about groundwater aquifers.  Take action to make information for our groundwater available to the public.

Unlocking Secrets about California’s Groundwater

California’s drought has depleted California’s reservoirs. It has also had a huge impact on our precious groundwater basins, causing hundreds of wells to go dry and leaving us more vulnerable to future droughts.  In normal years, groundwater represents up to 40% of California’s water supply (that rises to 50% or more in droughts).  In this extreme drought, our groundwater levels have been dropping at an unprecedented rate – up to 200 feet in some areas.

Recognizing that overpumping of groundwater endangers California’s future, the Legislature passed new laws in 2014 that will for the first time require groundwater to be sustainably managed. Clean Water Action fought hard to pass this legislation.  It’s a great victory!

Keeping drugs out of California’s waterways: Clean Water Action’s Safe Drug Disposal Program

We Can Keep Drugs Out of CA's Waterways

We are fortunate to live at a time when medical advances, including the development of antibiotics and other types of drugs, have enhanced and lengthened human life. Unused medications, however, pose some risks to human health and the environment that are not widely recognized. When they get into the wrong hands, unused medications can lead to drug abuse and accidental poisonings. Pharmaceuticals are also ending up in our waterways, including drinking water sources.

That is why Clean Water Action has joined with local government, wastewater professionals, senior citizen advocates, and those concerned with drug abuse to stop unused or out of date drugs from getting into the environment or into the hands of those who will misuse them.

Governor Brown’s Proactive Climate Change Position Needs to Focus More on Oil Drilling

In his inaugural address, Governor Brown promised to continue California's leadership on clean power by mandating that California's energy grid include at least 50 percent renewables by 2030 by expanding programs like rooftop solar, distributed generation, microgrids, and more. Clean Water Action applauds the Governor's leadership on clean energy and implores him to go even further. State Director Miriam Gordon released this statement:

"We are thrilled that Governor Brown has his sights set on reducing climate pollution. The Governor clearly understands that inaction on climate threatens our communities and families and he has charted a good course for the state. We look forward to working with Governor Brown to achieve the goals he has laid out.

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01/06/2015 - 07:22
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