Toxic wastewater from Chevron and other oil companies' drilling operations in California’s Central Valley is being used to irrigate crops that are shipped across the country and around the world.
Currently, three water districts in the Central Valley take use this oily water and others may be considering it. California’s Central Valley produces many of crops consumed across the U.S. and the practice may be going on in Colorado and others states.
Sound dangerous? It is! Traces of cancer-causing chemicals like ethylbenzene have been found in this wastewater, along with a host of other toxic substances.
Companies That Grow Crops In These Water Districts
- Halos Mandarins
- POM Wonderful pomegranate juice
- Wonderful pistachios
- Sunview Raisins
- Bee Sweet citrus
- Sutter Home wine
What you can do
Sign the petition to demand that California Governor Jerry Brown order state officials to stop allowing this to happen.
Refuse to buy from these brands until they insist that California officials stop allowing their water districts to mix this toxic brew into their water supply.
Ask your local school district, grocery store or favorite restaurant to stop using these brands until Gov. Brown and California officials guarantee that they are grown without toxic wastewater.
Find out more
There have been several news reports on the use of oil wastewater irrigation and, while the regional water quality control board has set up a Food Panel to endlessly study the issue, it has taken no action to protect consumers. Find out more:
- Some Central Valley Orchards Irrigated with Oilfield Wastewater
- California Farm Use Of Oilfield Wastewater Prompts Food-Safety Inquiry
- These Popular Fruit and Veggie Brands May be Grown With Oil Wastewater