As California Governor Jerry Brown this week instituted the state’s first-ever mandatory restrictions on water usage to combat its historic four-year drought, environmental activists are pointing out two glaring exemptions from the order: the fossil fuel and agriculture industries.
JAY FAMIGLIETTI, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, made a dire warning in March–there is only one year’s worth of water left in the state’s reservoir storage and river basins. Not only that, Famiglietti said, but even nature’s oldest water backup supply–groundwater–could be gone soon after the reservoirs dry up.
Yet, like a tectonic fault line, underlying China’s new standing in the world is an increasingly fierce competition between energy and water that threatens to upend China’s progress.
More significantly, researchers at several federal agencies and in Congress have expressed concern about supplies of water that the concentrated solar plants use for cooling, water that is already scarce in the desert regions of California, the Southwest and the Rocky Mountain states.
California officials have done very little to address two major causes of water shortages in the state: agriculture and fracking.
March 22 is World Water Day, a global reminder about water’s fundamental support of life.
California regulators ordered a dozen oil and gas wells to cease production over concerns that the wells may be contaminating groundwater.
Legal Petition Urges Gov. Brown to Impose Emergency Fracking Moratorium After Oil Waste Illegally Dumped Into California Aquifers
After California officials admitted allowing the oil industry to illegally inject wastewater into protected aquifers via disposal wells, more than 150 environmental and community groups filed a legal petition today urging Gov. Jerry Brown to use his emergency powers to place a moratorium on fracking and other well stimulation techniques.
In Pakistan, the situation is already dire in some areas with a new study revealing that 80 % of water resources in the country’s southern Tharparkar district are unfit for people to drink.
Kern County—located at the southernmost end of California’s ag-centric Central Valley—is as rich in petroleum as it is in crops. And recently the county’s oil interests have been cashing in on the hydraulic fracturing boom. Squirt chemicals into the ground, and oil and natural gas come out. Water gets burped up in the fracking process, too, but it’s too loaded with salt, hydrocarbons, and other chemicals for irrigation or drinking. Standard practice is to pump it back into the ground.
Nearly a year ago at the height of the UK floods, tragedy struck an ordinary family in Surrey as toxic gas from a nearby landfill site killed a 7-year old boy, Zane. Now the authorities appear determined to exculpate the source of the poison – an old landfill site – even as they prepare for a massive increase in hazardous waste from fracking
Two hazardous chemicals never before known as oil and gas industry pollutants – ammonium and iodide – are being released into Pennsylvania and West Virginia waterways from the booming energy operations of the Marcellus shale, a new study shows.