The passage of a fracking ban in Alameda County was one of our greatest local wins in 2016. But we can’t just rest on our laurels. E&B Natural Resources, the drilling company with ten active wells outside of Livermore, has applied to the state regulatory agency DOGGR (Division of Oil Gas, and Geothermal Resources) for an exemption that would allow it to inject wastewater into the Livermore Aquifer.
The public hearing for the Livermore aquifer exemption application is Wednesday, January 11th from 5 -8 PM, at the City of Livermore Council Chambers, 3575 Pacific Ave., Livermore.
RSVP for the hearing here.
Written comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on January 25. Comments may be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by FAX to (916) 445-3319, or by mail to: Department of Conservation 801 K Street, MS 18-05 Sacramento, CA 95814, ATTN: Aquifer Exemption.
Urge your state legislators to demand that state regulators deny this application. With the possibility of a gutted EPA under a Trump administration, now is the time for California lawmakers to take charge and ensure that our water is protected, since it’s likely the EPA may fail in this duty.
Here is some useful background for making comments:
· The quality of the aquifer is 7800 TDS (total dissolved solids). Since the Livermore Aquifer is under 10,000, it qualifies as clean enough and is thereby automatically protected under the Safe Drinking Water Act.
· The aquifer is 800 – 2300 feet in depth.
· There are 15 domestic water use wells within one quarter mile. The number of wells within one mile is unknown.
· The edge of the oilfield is approximately one mile from the edge of Livermore. The center of the field is approximately four miles to the center of the city. There are an estimated 88,000 people living in Livermore.
· This aquifer exemption represents an expansion from the previously exempted zones. The operator would be able to potentially drill injection wells throughout a 78-acre area.
· The field is near the convergence of the Greenville Fault Zone and the Las Positas Fault. Greenville Fault and Las Positas both break the surface. Both of these faults are potentially active.
· This exemption is to expand the current exemption and allow the operator to convert a production well into an injection well.
· Earlier this year, Alameda County banned fracking, and at the eleventh hour, E&B angled to carve out a loophole for water flooding and waste disposal, precisely what this exemption is for.
· We need to protect this water for future generations, when purification technology will be better than it is now, and when clean water may be much scarcer.
· We don’t know what will happen if we allow injection, and how it may affect our underground water resources.
· There are no illegal injection wells, so the deadline for DOGGR to get an aquifer exemption approved by the EPA or shut down injection wells by February 15th does not apply.
And a fuller list of talking points:
Wednesday, January 11
Hearing 5-8 PM
Come early for Rally 4-5 PM
City of Livermore
3575 Pacific Ave.
Rally—Livermorium Plaza (First St. and Livermore Ave.)