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“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Oil Companies Polluting Our Drinking Water

Oct 13, 2014

The State of California reported that seven independent oil companies might be contaminating drinking water near Bakersfield by injecting their waste fluid into underground aquifers. About 100 drinking water wells are located within a mile radius of these waste fluid disposal wells.

The oil companies generate waste fluids while extracting gas and oil from underground. The waste fluids contain pollutants such as chlorides, hydrocarbons, diesel fuel, and naturally occurring radioactive materials, which are extremely dangerous to human health and environment. The companies dispose of this fluid by injecting it into so-called “injection wells.” Every day in the United States, at least two billion gallons of such dangerous fluids are injected into more than 172,000 wells, according to a federal government report.

Federal and state governments allow companies to dump their harmful fluids into the injection wells, which are placed next to drinking water wells, like those near Bakersfield.

Drinking water is a precious resource for our existence. But, under capitalism, it is not our health, but profits that dictate everything.