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« on: August 01, 2015, 05:35:55 PM »
Are your organic foods being doused in fracking chemicals? Probably so, if  they come from CaliforniaSaturday, August 01, 2015 by:  Julie Wilson staff writer
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  • (NaturalNews) A series of shocking new reports reveal that 45,000  acres of California crops are being irrigated with recycled fracking water,  with some samples showing levels of petrochemicals higher than those found at oil spill  sites.

    Even more shocking, the practice of using recycled oil water on  crops (which has become a lucrative side business for oil companies), has been  taking place for 20 years but was seemingly undisclosed until  recently.

    Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Chevron is responsible  for recycling the toxic fracking wastewater, which contains more than 200  chemicals including diesel, biocides and benzene, before selling it to  farmers at a fraction of the cost of fresh water.

    Fresh water reportedly  costs $1,500 per square foot, while recycled oil water costs a mere $33 per  square foot, according to

    The  ability for oil companies to earn a profit off their wastewater, is extremely  similar to the way the phosphate  fertilizer industry sells their byproduct, hydrofluorosilicic acid, to be  added to public drinking water.

    While officials are defending the use of  recycled water for crops based on the state's current water shortages, as  mentioned earlier, the practice has been happening for a long time, and  absolutely no research has been conducted to identify any potential  dangers.

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    "As  an environmental health scientist, this is one of the things that keeps me up at  night"

    Water Defense, a  non-profit founded in 2010 by actor Mark Ruffalo, has made it their mission to  inform the public about what's in their water, as well as hold water polluters  accountable, and that's exactly what they're doing.

    Over the last two  years, Water Defense's chief scientist Scott Smith collected treated irrigation water samples that were  purchased by Cawelo Water District from Chevron. The results are  worrisome.

    "Laboratory analysis of those samples found compounds that are  toxic to humans, including acetone and methylene chloride powerful industrial  solvents along with oil," reports the LA  Times.

    The levels of three chemicals found in untreated oil field  water were: 240,000 480,000 parts per million of oil; 440 530 parts per  billion of acetone; and 82 89 parts per bill of methylene  chloride.

    Treated oil water contained: 130 1,300 parts per million; 57 79 parts per billion; and 25 56 parts per billion of methylene  chloride.

    Methylene chloride,  predominantly used in paint strippers, metal cleaners and as a process solvent  in the manufacture of pharmaceuticals, is considered a potential occupational  carcinogen and can result  in death if ingested. View information about acetone here.

    Samples were collected from 10 points at  various depths along the eight-mile Cawelo canal where water flows from  Chevron's oil fields through irrigation canals to farmers' fields.

    The  samples contained acetone and methylene chloride, "solvents used to degrease  equipment or soften thick crude oil," at levels higher than seen  at oil spill disaster sites. Hydrocarbons C20 and C34 found in oil were also in  the samples.

    Cawelo Water District distributes irrigation water to 45,000  acres in the North-Central portion of Kern County, servicing 15 different crops  including almonds, citrus, pistachios and vineyards.
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    "When I talk to growers, and  they smell the oil field crap in that water, they assume the soil is taking care  of this"

    Blake Sanden, an agriculture extension agent and irrigation  water expert with UC Davis, says farmers believe microorganisms in soils can  "consume and process some impurities," but it's unclear whether fracking  wastewater is invading the roots and leaves of irrigated crops.

    It's  unlikely petrochemicals will make their way into an almond, but other crops like  citrus seems much more vulnerable to contamination, noted Sanden.

    Because  scientists are unsure of the chemicals in fracking  mixtures, as the oil companies consider this "proprietary information" and  refuse to release it, they are unable to properly test for chemicals that could  be dangerous to people.


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