To: Governor Jerry Brown
Several California water districts in Central Valley farming regions currently allow the use of toxic wastewater from oil production for crop irrigation. Plans for the expansion of this practice are currently underway.
Meanwhile, there has been no comprehensive independent testing conducted to ensure that our food and health are protected from the hundreds chemicals used in oil operations, some of which have been shown to be carcinogenic and toxic.
Nor have any actions been taken to protect the farmworkers who are potentially exposed to these toxins on a daily basis.
Because of this, we urge you to ensure that our food is safe to eat by directing the State Water Board to prohibit the use of oil wastewater for crop irrigation in California.
If you eat avocados, oranges and grapes, you’ve eaten crops grown in California. When you bite into our state’s fruits and vegetables, what comes to mind? Freshness, sunshine, good health?
Add toxic oil wastewater to the list, because that’s what is being used to irrigate our crops. Big Oil has taken advantage of our farmers’ desperate need for water and is selling them oil wastewater—the water that’s been used in oil operations—at a cheap rate for irrigation.
Hundreds of chemicals are used in oil operations, and some of these are known to cause cancer, kidney failure and liver damage —and they could be in the oil wastewater that is being used on our fruits and vegetables.
No comprehensive and independent testing has been undertaken to ensure that our food and health is protected. And no action has been taken to protect the farmworkers who are potentially exposed to these toxins daily.
Now, as California braces for a hot, dry summer, plans are underway to expand the use of oil wastewater for crop irrigation in the state.
We need to put an end to this practice immediately.
Join us and sign this petition to tell Gov. Brown and the State Water Board to prohibit the use of oil wastewater for crop irrigation in California.