US military — polluting Hawaii’s water supply… and denying it

The US military is polluting Hawaii’s water supply – and denying it

The Hawaiian governor issued an emergency order to de-fuel the Red Hill Facility. The US Navy has enlisted top lawyers to make sure its 600m liters of petroleum stay perched above our water supply

This [fuel facility] is not the eighth wonder of the world. It is Frankenstein’s monster. And we have to kill it before it kills us.”

This is the plea from Marti Townsend, one of more than … [more…]

Red-faced U.S. Navy at Red Hill?

Photo courtesy of My Kailua

Opinion

Fresh, potable water is an everyday miracle in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To have enough to supply millions with (relatively) few constraints on usage? It’s almost unimaginable. And, perhaps, too precarious to want to imagine.

Of course, the water in Hawai’i serves more than latecomer humans. Endemic land species of every kind, exotic imports, and unique hybrids do not spring from saltwater. … [more…]

Trump plan to allow new fracking on California coast, Central Valley moves forward

photo: oil and gas exploitation on public lands in California.

Photo: Hydraulic fracturing is currently used on between 10 to 20 percent of all oil and gas wells on public lands in Central California managed by the Bureau of Land Management Bakersfield Field Office. COURTESY OF BLM, BAKERSFIELD FIELD OFFICE.

The Trump administration moved forward Thursday with its plan to open up federal land in California’s Central Valley and Central Coast to more oil and gas drilling, including fracking.

The … [more…]

Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

Aerial photo: City Of Deer Park Says Level Of Benzene Detected In Water Supply Wasn’t Dangerous

David J. Phillip/AP This March 18, 2019, file photo shows firefighters battling the massive fire at a Deer Park petrochemical storage facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC).

The company testing the water supply detected the dangerous chemical on March 31.

The company testing Deer Park’s drinking water supply in the aftermath of the massive fire at a petrochemical facility owned by Intercontinental Terminals Company (ITC) detected a trace amount … [more…]

Intensification of the water footprint of hydraulic fracturing

Map of water stress and shale plays; hydraulic fracturing

Abstract

Unconventional oil and gas exploration in the United States has experienced a period of rapid growth, followed by several years of limited production due to falling and low natural gas and oil prices. Throughout this transition, the water use for hydraulic fracturing and wastewater production in major shale gas and oil production regions has increased; from 2011 to 2016, the water use per well increased up to 770%, while … [more…]