Stop fracking California

Hello everybody! Please comment to stop fracking in California on the U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Land Management’s website:

You have until June 10, 2019 to register your comment.

Here’s mine:

June 3, 2019


I am asking you to stop fracking California.

I quote from the above 2018 document, “Bakersfield Field Office Hydraulic Fracturing Draft Supplemental EIS” and its “CHAPTER FOUR BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, BAKERSFIELD FIELD OFFICE DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIS
WATER RESOURCES 85 Impacts to Groundwater
Water Use”…

“According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)

(2016), spills of hydraulic fracturing fluids have stemmed primarily from

equipment failure or human error and mainly involved storage containers. The

potential to impact, groundwater “depends on the composition of the spilled fluid,

spill characteristics, spill response activities, and the fate and transport of the

spilled fluid” (USEPA 2016). Because of these factors, impacts to groundwater may not be readily apparent for a number of years.”

You do not mention that the oil companies, like Chevron, are selling their toxic wastewater (clarification: any water the oil companies do not want is wastewater) to the farmers in and around Bakersfield to grow fruits, nuts, and vegetables for the people of the United States.

If the Trump administration’s plan to expand fracking on public and private land in California comes to pass, then there will be even more toxic chemicals in oil-drilling wastewater.

At the May 9, 2019 Food Safety panel meeting convened by the Central Valley Water Board, Clay Rodgers, the assistant executive in the CVWB’s Fresno office, made a comment to add fracking chemicals to the list of toxic chemicals that toxicologists should test for in the almonds, apples, carrots, cherries, garlic, grapes, lemons, mandarins, pistachios, potatoes, and tomatoes grown with oilfield wastewater.


Yes, wastewater. Any water the oil companies don’t want from their oil-drilling operations is wastewater; and it is full of toxic chemicals, which could become more toxic when mixed with other chemicals, especially disinfectants. The water the oil companies use for well-stimulation is wastewater. The water they separate from the oil is wastewater with toxic chemicals in it, too. It’s all wastewater mixed together in the borehole.

I quote from the 2018 document, “Bakersfield Field Office Hydraulic Fracturing Draft Supplemental EIS” and its “CHAPTER FOUR BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT, BAKERSFIELD FIELD OFFICE DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL EIS
WATER RESOURCES 85 section 4.8 Water Resources”…

“Data for California indicate that hydraulic fracturing consumes about 100,000 gallons (0.31 acre- feet) of water per well (DOGGR 2015a, 2016, 2018c). In addition, drilling would require 4,200 gallons per day (DOGGR 2015b). Wells take an average of 23 days to drill (Kern County 2015), which would consume about 100,000 gallons. Therefore, water consumption per hydraulically fractured well is assumed to be about 200,000 gallons (0.61 acre-feet).
Water sources for hydraulic fracturing are produced water (8.8 percent), groundwater supply wells (25.4 percent), and surface water from public water sources (65.8 percent) (Kern County 2015).

A maximum of 40 new wells on new leases would be hydraulically fractured

during the planning period (10 years). These wells would have an average true

vertical depth of 2,700 feet. However, it is possible that some of the wells could

exceed 10,000 feet true vertical depth (DOGGR 2015b).”

I am asking you to stop using any water for oil drilling, which contributes to global warming aka climate change aka the climate crisis, and pollutes our air, water, and soil with known and suspected human carcinogens.

I quote from the above 2012 document, “Bakersfield Proposed Resource Management Plan & Final Environmental Impact Statement” and its “section Current Conditions”…

“ Current Conditions

One of the reasons for concern with PM10 emissions is their adverse effect on human health. All of the PM10 particles are considered Respirable Particulate because they can be inhaled into the nose, throat and/or lungs. The fine PM10 particles are the largest threat to health because they tend to deposit in the air sacks. In addition, many of the fine particles are from precursor emissions, several of which are toxic or carcinogenic. Fugitive dust is primarily coarse particulate matter that are is not as likely to contain toxic materials. The national PM10 standards are considered to be establish a level at above which the whole population would have health effects from PM10. The State PM10 standards are considered public health goals.

Hazardous Air Pollutants

Hazardous air pollutants (HAPs) are those pollutants that are known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health problems, such as chronic respiratory disease, reproductive disorders or birth defects. The EPA has classified 189 air pollutants as HAPs, including formaldehyde (CH20), benzene, toluene, ethyl-benzene, xylene, and n-hexane. Air quality programs based on regulation of hazardous substances typically address chemicals used or produced by limited categories of industrial facilities. Programs regulating HAPs focus on substances that alter or damage the genes and chromosomes in cells (mutagens), substances that affect cells in ways that can lead to uncontrolled cancerous cell growth (carcinogens), substances that can cause birth defects or other developmental abnormalities (teratogens), substances with serious acute toxicity effects, and substances that undergo radioactive decay, resulting in the release of ionizing radiation. Federal air quality management programs for HAPs focus on setting emission limits for particular industrial processes rather than setting ambient exposure standards. Federal emission standards for HAPs have been promulgated as National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants (NESHAPS) and as Maximum Available Control Technology (MACT) standards. The NESHAPS and MACT standards are implemented through federal and state air quality permit programs.”

Stop using our precious resource of water for oil drilling.

Thank you,

Justin Bass

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