Are your organic foods being doused in fracking chemicals? Probably so, if they come from California

Saturday, August 1, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Julie Wilson
Saturday, August 01, 2015

A series of shocking new reports reveal that 45,000 acres of California crops are being irrigated with recycled fracking water, with some samples showing levels of petrochemicals higher than those found at oil spill sites.

Even more shocking, the practice of using recycled oil water on crops (which has become a lucrative side business for oil companies), has been taking place for 20 years but was seemingly undisclosed until recently.

Headquartered in San Ramon, California, Chevron is responsible for recycling the toxic fracking wastewater, which contains more than 200 chemicals including diesel, biocides and benzene, before selling it to farmers at a fraction of the cost of fresh water.

Fresh water reportedly costs $1,500 per square foot, while recycled oil water costs a mere $33 per square foot, according to

The ability for oil companies to earn a profit off their wastewater, is extremely similar to the way the phosphate fertilizer industry sells their byproduct, hydrofluorosilicic acid, to be added to public drinking water.

While officials are defending the use of recycled water for crops based on the state’s current water shortages, as mentioned earlier, the practice has been happening for a long time, and absolutely no research has been conducted to identify any potential dangers.

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“As an environmental health scientist, this is one of the things that keeps me up at night”

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