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Aquifer Pollution

Thursday, January 31, 2013

ProPublica reporter Abrahm Lustgarden talks about Mexico City's plans to tap a mile-deep aquifer for drinking water, raising new questions about existing U.S. policy that allows water that’s deep underground to be intentionally polluted.

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Comments [4]

thatgirl from manhattan

Please remind people that the use of water in conjunction with oil and gas drilling is "given" to industry by the millions of gallons in exchange for relatively small, one-time permitting fees! The potential for severe increases in cost for our water in exchange for so-called "profits" (to industry and sticky-fingered electeds who lobby on their behalf) is rarely discussed.

Jan. 31 2013 01:43 PM
Amy from Manhattan

Has anyone looked into the effects of aquifer pollution on wildlife & plants? Humans can sometimes find alternative sources & transport water over long distances, but animals & especially plants can't.

Jan. 31 2013 01:41 PM
thatgirl from manhattan

Many thanks to Mr. Lustgarden and ProPublica for their fine history of environmental investigation. As New York State flirts with approving methane gas hydrofracking, everyone should read their robust work in this area, and understand why backing the Clean Water, Clean Air and Superfund Act exceptions out of the 2005 Energy Act!

Jan. 31 2013 01:40 PM

The takeaway? Even _if_ policymakers were listening to scientists of any kind, the science is still week on these and a host of other environmental issues. Then take into account the habit of policymakers to cherry-pick the science to suit their ends, and then, when the the science remains stubborn, to just ignore it altogether.

Finally, consider the number of stories we've heard where things have proven to be worse than scientists have initially supposed. Plastics, pesticides, genetic modification, climate change, biodiversity, water, air. . . .

Jan. 31 2013 01:36 PM

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