February 2015

Who's to Blame for Oil Waste in Californians' Drinking Water?

By Briana Mordick

Natural Resources Defense Council

New information from the California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources (DOGGR) reveals that decades of poor record-keeping, lax oversight, and - in some cases - outright defiance of the law has allowed oil and gas operators to inject potentially toxic oil and gas wastewater into federally protected drinking water aquifers.