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California Hydraulic Fracturing Water Contamination
Lawsuits have been filed alleging California hydraulic fracturing water contamination has affected surrounding water systems, potentially leading to illness in nearby residents. Hydraulic fracturing (also known as fracking) has been linked in reports to environmental damage and this hydraulic fracturing contamination in California is believed to be linked to serious health problems, as well.
California Hydraulic Fracturing
Hydraulic fracturing is a means of extracting natural gas, oil, petroleum and other substances from shale rock layers. Concerns have been raised, however, about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on surrounding groundwater. As a result, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is undertaking studies and analyses of the possible effects of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources. The study is expected to be completed in late 2014.
Among the concerns the EPA cites:
California Fracking Lawsuits
A California hydraulic fracturing lawsuit has been filed against the California Department of Conservation, Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources alleging the Department has violated the California Environmental Quality Act by allowing oil and gas wells without considering the effects of fracking on the environment.
Earlier this year, California admitted fracking has occurred in the state for decades with little oversight or regulation. An official said the state would begin regulating and overseeing hydraulic fracturing. Because of the lack of oversight, regulators in California reportedly do not know how often it is used, where it is used, what chemicals are used or where the wastewater is disposed, according to NBC Bay Area (10/18/12).
Much of the controversy surrounding fracking focuses on Pennsylvania and the Marcellus Shale fracking, although as the number of fracking sites grows across the country, so does the number of states that must face questions about how safe hydraulic fracturing is.
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Last updated on Dec-10-12
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