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  •  What is missing from the consent order matter is (6+ / 0-)

    the following:

    1.  requirements for the operator to characterize the process effluent that was introduced to the pond as to specific constitutents and aqueous process wastewater constituents.

    2.  requirements for the operator to address remediation of groundwater contamination caused by the unlined pond, including the requirement for identification of the spatial extent  of groundwater contamination and the proximity of nearby well and other critical water quality concerns.

    3.  requirements for the results of remedial and corrective investigations to be made public and requirements for any planned remediation activity to be approved after public notice and comment.

    Also, did use of an unlined seapage pit for process wastewater disposal violate any existing California groundwater protection, CA environmental quality act or oil/gas operating site rules?

    •  Excellent effective video, by the way....showing (4+ / 0-)

      an actual discharge operation to the seepage lagoon underway.

    •  This has happened a lot in PA too. (2+ / 0-)
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      6412093, mettle fatigue

      Gentlemen, congratulations. You're everything we've come to expect from years of government training (Zed, MIB).

      by GreenMother on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 02:00:01 PM PST

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    •  In several cases, (2+ / 0-)
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      mettle fatigue, old wobbly

      California has allowed discharges to unlined ponds when the regulator determines the groundwater is not threatened, or that the groundwater is already severely degraded.

      I've exchanged words with California regulators on these issues regarding washed-out caustic wastes from cement mixer trucks, and gravel mine wash water, for instance.

      “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

      by 6412093 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 03:31:18 PM PST

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      •  is that really allowable under CA CEQ? (1+ / 0-)
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        California has allowed discharges to unlined ponds when the regulator determines the groundwater is not threatened, or that the groundwater is already severely degraded.
        Allowing such practice cannot be considered consistent with any theory of groundwater remediation and recovery.
        •  Holly Sugar in Brawley, (1+ / 0-)
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          LakeSuperior

          Imperial County, treats and discharges its waste water to unlined ponds.

          The permit's Finding #14 states that groundwater is already 14,000 mg/l for TDS (salts) so it's no big deal.

          In contrast, the frackers were foolish enough to operate an unlined pit where the groundwater was still worth protecting.

          “The answer must be, I think, that beauty and grace are performed whether or not we will or sense them. The least we can do is try to be there.” ― Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

          by 6412093 on Mon Nov 18, 2013 at 09:05:07 PM PST

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        •  Welcome to "green" California (0+ / 0-)

          The national and international media has again and again falsely characterized California as a "green state" and "environmental leader." Yet the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board has repeatedly given agribusiness interests virtual "permits to pollute" in its agricultural discharge waiver program. The oil industry also benefits from California's lax enforcement of the Clean Water Act and other laws. And yes, allowing such a practice cannot be consistent with any theory of groundwater remediation and recovery.

          The only thing that California is a leader in is corporate greenwashing disguised as "environmental protection," including the Bay Delta "Conservation" Plan to build the twin tunnels, the MLPA Initiative to create fake "marine protected areas" and cap and trade REDD policies that endanger the environment and indigenous communities around the world.

          Of yes, California is also a leader in fish kills, ranging from the Klamath Fish Kill of 2002, to the Prospect Island Fish Kill of 2007, to the massive massacres of chinook salmon, steelhead, Sacramento splittail, striped bass, threadfin shad and other species in the Delta pumps every year.

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