Protestors Call for Oil Wastewater Injection Ban

Wastewater

Santa Maria, CA – Local environmental groups and concerned Santa Barbara County residents are calling for a ban on the injecting of wastewater from oil operations back into the ground, saying it contaminates groundwater supplies and drinking water aquifers.

California Department of Conservation staff were on hand to take public comment on proposed regulations by its Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) that would allow the wastewater injections to continue across the state and in several locations in Santa Barbara County through 2017.

Those who spoke at the public hearing disagree and are calling on DOGGR to stop the wastewater injections immediately to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act.