If an energy company accidentally spilled 9 billion gallons of toxic waste into the ocean, the media, the public, and the government would be all over the situation. But when it isn’t an accident, there is no reason for anyone to pay attention.
Such is the case with the fracking industry operating in California’s Santa Barbara Channel. Federal regulators have given fracking companies the green light to dump as much as 9 billion gallons of waste into the waterway every single year. This is in the same body of water that was devastated by millions of gallons of crude oil during a spill in 1969 that occurred as a result of a blowout on an oil rig operating in the area. This environmental catastrophe led to the passage of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
Dos Cuadras Offshore Resources (DCOR) has been granted permits for four “mini” fracking exploration projects in the Santa Barbara Channel, all of which have been granted with certain environmental exclusions, as Truthout.org explains: