Livermore Waste Disposal
LIVERMORE — Amid greater scrutiny of oilfield contamination threats to California’s groundwater, state officials will hold a hearing Wednesday on a proposal to expand the aquifer area where a Livermore driller is permitted to dispose of oily wastewater.
Some environmentalists will speak out against the proposal by E&B Natural Resources for federal permission to expand the aquifer exemption area where it is permitted to put wastewater from oil extraction.
“We should not be putting this waste from the oil industry underground where it puts nearby water sources at risk, ” said Patrick Sullivan, a spokesman for the Center for Biological Diversity, a national environmental group with offices in Oakland.
He said seismic activity along the nearby Greenville Fault exacerbates risks that waste with oil and production chemicals could seep into other Livermore Valley aquifers used now or perhaps in the future as drinking water.
The state hearing will be held at 5 p.m. at the Livermore City Council chambers, 3575 Pacific Avenue.
E&B Natural Resources, an oil company, is seeking the disposal area expansion to support continued operation of its 30-barrel a day drilling operation in a rural area east of Livermore.
Two state agencies are leaning toward backing the oil companies’ request.
The California Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources and the state Water Resources Control Board, have given preliminary support to the proposal.
Officials at those agencies say groundwater underlying the Livermore oil field naturally has petroleum and such a high mineral and salt content that it is not suitable for drinking water.
Don Drysdale, a spokesman for the state oil division, also said that officials now realize that the area permitted for oil disposal in 1983 is smaller than the actual aquifer where disposal has been taking place. As a result, expanding the area for allowing disposal matches the size of the area where E&B is putting wastewater — an area called the Greenville Sands section of the Ciebro Formation, Drysdale said.
“We propose the area where they are taking groundwater is larger ( than previously thought) in the past so the exemption should reflect that, ” Drysdale said.
Oil drillers such as E&B typically pull up a mix of oil and water from underground geological formations, and then extract the oil and put the water back underground.
State officials say they do not believe earthquakes on the Greenville Fault will cause wastes to move underground for miles to contaminate aquifers for drinking water wells.
The final decision to expand the exemption area where E&B is allowed to dispose oily water is up to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
In April last year, federal auditors criticized the EPA for not doing enough to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination. The auditors said EPA oversight was weak in California, where the state was allowing oil companies to dispose of wastewater into some drinking water aquifers.an education cast free website education idea special education sc education lottery pick 3 crimson education ms dept of education maryland higher education commission education station character education education for all handicapped children act riverside county office of education synonym for education sycamore education login public education importance of education education section of resume ky higher education education by state jfk assassination debate education forum tal education group stock fort bragg education center boces adult education what is special education jackson county board of education neil degrasse tyson education queen elizabeth education satya nadella education education quest grand canyon education hillary clinton education nurse practitioner education us education system qualified education expenses hunters education course drivers education course brown vs board of education summary childcare education institute minecraft education edition login adny education adult education classes the education of an idealist: a memoir rachel maddow education hamilton county department of education github education journal of nursing education dan crenshaw education apple education bundle malcolm brogdon education strategic education inc ken jeong education what is physical education spring education group massachusetts department of education education symbol sc education bandlab education carroll county board of education times higher education world university rankings nc education lottery powerball center for family health and education nys department of education learning theories in education hunters education amplify education progressive education homebuyer education course california education ranking indiana department of education jobs camden nj board of education mass dept of education biden education secretary psychologist education requirements department of education student loan forgiveness ruth bader ginsburg education early childhood education degree online new hampshire department of education summit continuing education art education nancy pelosi education liberal arts education frontline education aesop kaplan real estate education adult education schools state education rankings 2021 new secretary of education candace owens education department of education florida state rankings in education harrison county board of education essential education login sue bryce education west virginia state board of education v barnette education rankings by country ny board of education derek chauvin education education .com baldwin county board of education the education of little tree movie continuing education classes hunters education texas department of education nh education images the mis-education of the negro ancora education what is early childhood education elizabeth warren education education weekly k-12 education acceleration in education prince william, duke of cambridge education maryland state department of education sarah palin education middle states commission on higher education my education navy shelby county board of education carson dellosa education tal education education institution china re education camps springdale education center purpose of education utah state board of education fort carson education center ted cruz education prince william education kanawha county board of education chronicles of higher education washington county board of education south carolina education lottery powerball anti racism in education stanford history education group nurse education early childhood education certificate illinois education job bank master in education