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Hundreds of illicit oil wastewater pits found in Kern County

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Inspections by water officials have found numerous oil industry wastewater pits operating without permits across Central California. The Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board says producers have been dumping chemical-laden wastewater into as many as 300 unlined, shallow troughs in Kern County. The Los Angeles Times reports that more than one-third of the region’s active disposal pits ...

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Oil companies’ fracking fines go to Visalia-based water center

State authorities have fined two oil companies a total of $476,784 for illegally sending salty fluids and drilling wastes into unlined pits, including fluids from controversial hydraulic fracturing. Half the penalty — $238,392 — will go to the Community Water Center of Visalia to help provide clean drinking water for disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley. The center is ...

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