Price Canyon

Oil production and groundwater aquifers

Sep 6, 2017
Greta Mart/KCBX

Oil companies in California produce more water than oil. That has created a problem: what to do with all of that unwanted water? In most cases that wastewater is injected back into the ground, deep below the aquifer. But in some cases, injections may have contaminated federally protected aquifers that could be clean enough for drinking water.

The State of California wants to expand an area approved for oil industry injection wells in San Luis Obispo County.

Verification is currently underway on  919 signatures submitted to the City of Pismo Beach this week, aimed at limiting a large development that has the potential to double the size of the city.

The group Save Price Canyon is hoping to get an initiative on this November's ballot, and turned in hundreds more signatures than are needed to qualify.