Today’s filing asks Alameda County Superior Court Judge Robert B. Freedman to vacate DOGGR’s newly introduced rules, which give the agency and oil polluters until February 2017 to operate illegally in protected aquifers, and to mandate that DOGGR take all necessary action to stop these illegal injections while the underlying lawsuit proceeds in court.
“We’re facing a clean water emergency in California and, despite a water-scarcity crisis caused by the worst drought on record, DOGGR is turning its back on its contamination problem until 2017, instead trying to bypass the law through emergency rules,” said Earthjustice Staff Attorney Will Rostov. “The agency is not enforcing the Safe Drinking Water Act and it is endangering precious sources of drinking water. This needs to stop now.”
Last Thursday, the groups filed a lawsuit challenging regulations DOGGR created to circumvent its obligations under existing law to protect California’s underground sources of drinking water from contamination.
STATEMENT ONLINE *PI available shortly: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2015/preliminary-injunction-aims-to-end-unlawful-contamination-of-california-s-protected-water-sources-from-oil
COMPLAINT AND RELATED DETAILS: http://earthjustice.org/news/press/2015/lawsuit-seeks-to-halt-illegal-dumping-of-toxic-oil-waste-into-california-s-imperiled-water-supplies