CFROG, Blue Tomorrow, and other activist groups in Ventura County continue to make false claims that oil and gas production in Ventura County is impacting drinking water supplies and water resources. A new scientific report conducted by a team of hydrogeologists found that Ventura County public drinking water supplies have NOT been impacted by oil and gas production. The study reviewed annual reports from water purveyors throughout Ventura County, this includes large public water-supply systems as well as parks, farms and other small water systems. Not one annual report detected petroleum compounds in public water systems above drinking water standards or identified oil and gas production as a source of drinking water contamination.
Here’s what water purveyors are saying about your drinking water:
VENTURA COUNTY GROUNDWATER IS SAFE
Strict regulations and safe industry practices for oil and gas production in Ventura County provide protection for groundwater resources. This includes requirements for isolating oil and gas wells from surrounding and overlying groundwater. The US Geological Survey and the State Water Resources Control Board conducted a comprehensive study on groundwater quality in the eight groundwater basins in Ventura County. The study did not identify oil and gas production as a contamination source. (Montrella and Belitz 2009; Burton et al. 2011a, 2011b.) Primary impacts to groundwater quality in Ventura County are contaminants from natural sediments, urban development, septic systems, wastewater treatment, seawater intrusion, and commercial activities.
Groundwater Quality in Ventura County and Potential Impacts of Oil and Gas Exploration and Production – Executive Summary
Prepared by Thomas Johnson Associates, Substrata LLC, and CW Consulting Consulting firms specializing in water and environmental issues September 16, 2018
A scientific study was conducted to assess potential impacts to drinking water from oil and gas drilling and production activities in Ventura County, and evaluate the validity of claims by environmental activist groups regarding impacts of oil and gas drilling and production in the county. Following are conclusions from this study:
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Thomas M. Johnson, PG, CHG is Principal Hydrogeologist of Thomas Johnson Associates. He is former President of the California Groundwater Resources Association and provides water and environmental expert consulting services to public and industrial clients.
Eric M. Nichols, PE is Principal of Substrata LLC. He provides strategic consulting on soil and groundwater contamination and cleanup, and environmental issues related to petroleum production and distribution.
Caryl L. Walti, RG, CEM is Principal of CW Consulting. She provides water resource and environmental consulting services to private and industrial clients.
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