New study finds majority of fracking waste is dumped in unlined pits

This waste could threaten California’s drinking water. A state-mandated study of fracking that was issued last week, has said that according to its findings, over half of the wastewater from fracked oil wells in the state of California is left to rot in open, unlined pits, and this method of disposal could lead to the contamination of groundwater Some hydraulic fracturing disposal pits are located directly on top of usable drinking water supplies. According to the study, there are over 900 hydrofracturing waste disposal pits peppered across the San Joaquin…

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Study finds fracking is used in half of oil and natural-gas production in California

About 20% of the Golden State’s oil production involves hydraulic fracturing. According to a report from the California Council on Science and Technology, for the past ten years, about half of the typical 300 oil and natural-gas wells that were installed in the state each month, were fracking wells, and that roughly 20% of California’s production of oil and natural-gas is the result of hydraulic fracturing. Almost all of the fracked wells in the state are located in Kern County and Fresno County. The study found that most of the…

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