Central Valley Aquifers Tainted by Oil Companies

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As stream beds run dry and reservoirs shrink under California's historic drought, the state's water reserves face another threat: contamination. Years of lax regulation have allowed oil companies to pump wastewater laced with oil and chemicals into Central Valley aquifers. We discuss the effects of "wastewater injection" on California's dwindling water supply, and what state and federal regulators plan to do about it.


David Baker, energy and clean tech reporter for The San Francisco Chronicle

Rock Zierman, CEO of the California Independent Petroleum Association

Steve Bohlen, atate oil and gas supervisor and head of the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR)