Saturday, October 11, 2014

Energy Industry Crimes Continue

And there is never a hint that anyone will ever be held responsible.  In the news the last couple of days, if by "in the news" you mean ignored by almost everyone in the press other than a few local papers and left wing blogs, is this story:

"California aquifers contaminated with billions of gallons of fracking wastewater...Industry illegally injected about 3 billion gallons of fracking wastewater into central California drinking-water and farm-irrigation aquifers, the state found after the US Environmental Protection Agency ordered a review of possible contamination.
According to documents obtained by the Center for Biological Diversity, the California State Water Resources Board found that at least nine of the 11 hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, wastewater injection sites that were shut down in July upon suspicion of contamination were in fact riddled with toxic fluids used to unleash energy reserves deep underground. The aquifers, protected by state law and the federal Safe Water Drinking Act, supply quality water in a state currently suffering unprecedented drought."

I suppose that we need not even consider the fact that the "unprecedented drought" that they're talking about is largely caused by global warming which in itself is the result of an out of control energy industry controlling corrupt, largely Republican politicians.

No, this time around, just consider the likelihood that anyone will face any meaningful consequences for deliberately poisoning the water supply of millions of people, in a clearly criminal act.  People should spend the rest of their lives in prison for this behavior; the most we can ever expect is a few utterly inconsequential fines, and the government will be unlikely to even collect those, in the face of millions of dollars of litigation.

You know what?  I don't even have the energy to draw the obvious conclusion from this story.  You all know it perfectly well, and I don't have to waste your time saying it for the millionth time.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well put