California Regulators Debunk Activist Misinformation, Confirm Drinking Water Safety

By Dave Quast Production continues at California’s Midway Sunset oil field (Flickr Creative Commons – Greg L. Jones).
Extremists of all stripes intentionally mislead the public in order to produce unwarranted fear, which leads to raising money, which leads to gaining followers. Fringe environmental organizations are no different. The latest example is the effort by groups like The Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) and Clean Water Action (CWA) to take advantage of the public’s misunderstanding of the definition of the word “aquifer” and pretend that drinking water in California is imperiled by energy industry activities. After all, who wouldn’t be scared by headlines like

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