The BizFed Central Valley board voted to oppose AB 2828, which would have added another – unnecessary – layer of permitting for the reuse of oilfield produced water by the State Water Resources Control Board.
On Friday, AB 2828 Author Assembly Member Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) PULLED AB 2828!!
It will not move forward this year.
As background: the California Regional Water Quality Control Board already employs a rigorous, and public, testing protocol before permitting any oilfield water reuse projects.
In recent years, the Water Quality Control Board has increased mandatory testing for a wide array of chemicals to determine what, if any, hazard the reuse of oilfield water poses to human health. It also assembled a food safety task force, to determine what, if any, chemicals from the water make their way into fruits and vegetables grown with the reused water and whether that could potentially pose a risk to human health.
Findings, to date, have shown zero hazard to human health posed by the small handful of projects in which oilfield water is reused for irrigation.
Those handful of projects occur mostly in Kern County where oil production and agriculture are mainstays of the economy. One of the projects, involving Chevron and the Cawelo Water District, has been successfully reusing oilfield water for 20 years with no ill effects.
AB 2828 was unnecessary and harmful for Central Valley businesses.
We spoke up and we were heard!
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