Thursday, January 21, 2016

Report Calls For More Scrutiny of Oil Wastewater Use in Agriculture

The use of wastewater from oil production on farmland in the Central Valley has come under closer scrutiny in a report from the Pacific Institute, an Oakland-based environmental think tank. Treated wastewater has been used for years on 90,000 acres in Kern County, a small fraction of the county’s total farmland. The report recommends a comprehensive scientific review of the practice. The Central Valley Water Board agrees, and is putting together a panel of experts from state agencies and academia to investigate any potential threat to public health and food safety. Pacifica’s Vic Bedoian reports from Fresno.