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Wastewater Injection By Energy Companies Increases Risk Of California Earthquakes: Report

By Hunter Stuart

Many of California’s oil industry wastewater injection wells are near recently active fault lines, posing a risk of earthquakes that could damage crucial infrastructure in the state, according to a report by three environmental groups.

The report, released on Thursday, maps the proximity of California’s active wastewater disposal wells to the state’s fault lines and heavily populated areas, such as Los Angeles, Kern and Ventura counties.

The three groups — Earthworks, Clean Water Action and the Center for Biological Diversity — said they found 54 percent of California’s 1,553 active and new wastewater injection wells <a target=_blank href="" …read more

Source: Huffington Post Green