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Lawmakers call oil operations 'reckless,' call for shutdown of wells
Lawmakers call oil operations 'reckless,' call for shutdown of wells

Calling the current situation "reckless," a group of state legislators on Friday called on Gov. Jerry Brown to immediately shut down more than 2,500 oil production and oilfield waste water wells that the state has allowed to operate in federally protected aquifers. State and federal officials discovered last summer that state oil and gas regulators had for years inadvertently allowed companies to inject oil production fluids and waste water into aquifers that meet the federal standard for underground sources of drinking water. Officials with the Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources have closed 23 wells and are continuing to investigate others. The...

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