E&B Natural Resources, the oil company seeking the voter’s approval on March 3, 2015 to drill oil in Hermosa Beach, is being sued for groundwater contamination and the loss of food crops in Kern County California. See the full story here.
- E&B Natural Resources Management Corp. is named in a lawsuit filed Monday in Kern County Superior Court by plaintiff Palla Farms LLC claiming they had to uproot a large number — possibly hundreds — of cherry trees because of alleged negligence on the part of E & B and three other oil and gas drilling companies
- The suit claims the four oil production companies raised salt and boron levels in local groundwater during high-pressure injection of “some or all” of three oil field waste materials. These are “produced water,” the saline fluid that comes out of the ground along with oil; drilling mud used to carry away cuttings or provide lubrication during drilling
- The lawsuit also says the oil companies neglected to conduct a review to make sure there were no idle water wells nearby
- The four companies also failed to provide fluid treatment plans, chemical analyses of liquid being injected or geological studies, all of which the suit says are required by law
- The lawsuit said the defendants knew or should have known their actions may have caused harm because of a 2011 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency audit finding California injection well operations were not up to federal groundwater protection standards.
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