EPA: Oil dumped in California aquifers

Apr 14, 2016

It appears Flint, Michigan isn't the only area with a potential water crisis as a new federal report slams the EPA for lax oversight in California, which has allowed wastewater from oil companies to be dumped in state aquifers. 


AP's Ellen Knickmeyer reports: "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers."


"The U.S. Government Accountability Office review also sampled EPA operations around the country before concluding federal regulators were failing to collect paperwork and make on-site inspections necessary to ensure states are enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act when it comes to oilfield operations."


"The takeaway overall is that the EPA doesn't collect and states don't provide the information for the EPA to exercise the oversight that's its job," said Kassie Siegel, senior counsel at the Center for Biological Diversity, one of the environmental groups critical of state and federal regulation of oilfield waste and drinking water."


SEE ALSO: From groundwater contamination to the financial risks of climate change, Big Oil is having a hard time in California -- reported by Asaf Shalev with the LAT.


Donald Trump will speak during his guest appearance at California's GOP convention, where he hopes to secure his success in the polls come election time. 


From the Bee's David Siders: "Donald Trump will address California Republicans at the state party’s spring convention, joining Ted Cruz and John Kasich at the Bay Area gathering ahead of the state’s critical primary, the party announced Wednesday."


"Trump, the frontrunner in California, said in a prepared statement that “California, like much of the rest of the nation, has struggled to regain its full economic success.”


"California’s June 7 primary is expected to play a decisive role in the Republican nominating contest, likely determining whether Trump can amass the 1,237 delegates necessary to secure the nomination."


SEE ALSO: Ted Cruz does everything in his political power to thwart The Donald's progress in the polls -- Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reports; Even the Reep's National Committee chairman has had enough of the Trumpster's foibles -- Jason Dick writes in Roll Call.


The past year has focused a lot on gender equality in the work place, in regards to pay, and now in regards to California's political scene -- where females are 'losing ground.' 


LAT's Phil Willon writes: "The calls to Encino attorney Janice Kamenir-Reznik came every few weeks, pleading for her to run for the California state Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Fran Pavley."


"Pavley, champion of California’s groundbreaking efforts to curtail carbon emissions and one of the most influential women at the Capitol, was being forced out because of term limits. With the number of female state legislators already on the decline, Kamenir-Reznik was being pressured to run and help stem the losses."


"She resisted, mostly because of her commitments to the nonprofit she cofounded."


Sacramento has long been hailed as a melting pot and one of the most culturally diverse cities in the nation. Unfortunately, that's making it all the much harder to gather signatures for voter registration


CaliforniaCounts' Bed Bradford reports: "The effort to mobilize voters to go to the polls is a grueling process. Over Spring Break, the Sacramento State Civic Engagement Center took high school and college students door-to-door to register voters in one of Sacramento's historically low voter turnout neighborhoods."


"Take a walk with some of the students."


"Myles Cobb, a high school senior, walks down a residential street in the low-income Sacramento neighborhood of South Oak Park. He and other students knock on doors."


Ex-Fresno police Deputy Chief Keith Foster and six others have been offered plea deals that involve prison time for their collusion involving the distribution of drugs.


"Federal prosecutors are offering plea deals to former Fresno police Deputy Chief Keith Foster and five others indicted on drug-trafficking charges, a document filed in U.S. District Court reveals."


"So far, plea offers have been made to defendants Ricky Reynolds, Randy Flowers and Rafael Guzman. Plea offers to Keith Foster, Dennis Foster and Jennifer Donabedian will be finalized by Friday, the document says.

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