Poisoning the Well: How the Feds Let Industry Pollute the Nation’s Underground Water Supply

 

 
 
 
 

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water.

In many cases, the Environmental Protection Agency has granted these so-called aquifer exemptions in Western states now stricken by drought and increasingly desperate for water.

EPA records show that portions of at least 100 drinking water aquifers have been written off because exemptions have allowed them to be used as dumping grounds.

"You are sacrificing these aquifers," said Mark Williams, a hydrologist at the University of Colorado and a member of a National Science Foundation team studying the effects of energy development on the environment. "By definition, you are putting pollution into them. ... If you are looking 50 to 100 years down the road, this is not a good way to go."

As part of  an investigation into the threat to water supplies from underground injection of waste, ProPublica set out to identify which aquifers have been polluted.

We found the EPA has not even kept track of exactly how many exemptions it has issued, where they are, or whom they might affect.

What records the agency was able to supply under the Freedom of Information Act show that exemptions are often issued in apparent conflict with the EPA's mandate to protect waters that may be used for drinking.

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Poisoning the water supply was an ancient means of waging war. Nowadays they do everything to ram through their culling operations.

We have a lot of gas wells around here, lately I have been hearing from around the area peoples wells are starting to collapse. We are also around a military firing range. Some people a few miles away have actually filed suits against gas companies for damage to their wells. They are trying to get to the water supply. A person can not go without water.

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