Thursday, Feb. 12, 2015

Falling short

California oil regulator cites ‘serious concerns’ on data

2,553 wells are possibly contaminated, according to state records. KOVR Sacramento

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Sacramento Bee

Pressed by lawmakers about failing to shield protected aquifers from waste generated during oil drilling, the state regulator overseeing the oil industry conceded Wednesday that his agency is falling short. “We do have a serious data management problem,” Steve Bohlen, head of California’s Division of Oil, Gas and Geothermal Resources, said during a state Senate hearing.

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Underground supply sinks toward 1992 low point

Stockton Record

An invisible "savings account" keeps shrinking, with groundwater dropping to levels not seen since the end of the last major drought. A report made available Wednesday shows that San Joaquin County's precious groundwater last year fell virtually as low as it did in 1992, which has long been the benchmark that local officials use to measure the severity of other dry years.

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Merced County farmers: It’s ‘crunch time’ for rain

Merced Sun-Star

The Merced area got more than an inch of rain last weekend, but no more precipitation is expected for at least a week. Bob Giampaoli, president of the Merced County Farm Bureau, said it’s getting to be “crunch time” for receiving normal amounts of rainfall in this area.

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