Tell the State: Don’t Put Santa Maria Drinking Water at Risk!
Veterans' Memorial Community Center
313 W Tunnell St
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Date and time:
June 5, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.
Join us for a rally at the Vets Hall in Santa Maria at 3:30 pm on Wednesday to demand a stop to the injection of toxic oil waste into our aquifers—the rock formations that hold our groundwater—followed by a public hearing at 4pm!
Santa Maria communities depend heavily on groundwater—more so than other cities with bigger budgets. Much of the area’s drinkable and usable water comes from an underground water basin (made up of aquifers), where just a single spill or leak could potentially contaminate drinking water for over 100,000 residents in the Santa Maria Valley—affecting already disadvantaged community members disproportionately.
Federal laws are meant to protect our aquifers because of their potential as a drinking water source. But big oil and gas companies are requesting an exemption from the law and have asked California to consider a proposal to allow the injection of waste associated with hundreds of new oil and gas wells into aquifers beneath the Cat Canyon Oil Field.
This public hearing is hosted by California’s Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, and it is the perfect place to speak up and defend Santa Maria’s right to clean water protected from contamination.