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Letter to the editor: About that oilfield wastewater Hal Bopp Dec 2, 2016 Guillermo Ceja’s Nov. 29 Community Voices column, "Tests are lacking on crops and oilfield water suitability," reminds us that there are never enough tests and never enough information when the facts of a case are at odds with one’s agenda.

A wide variety of chemicals is used in the production of oil and gas depending on conditions, and a small number are hazardous. But as Lois Henry has pointed out repeatedly, none of these hazardous chemicals are used in Kern River and adjacent oilfields that provide irrigation water to the Cawello Water District. The east side oil fields that provide water to Cawello are truly unique in the world, because heavy crude oil has migrated from its source rock into fresh water aquifers.

You have two valuable resources being produced, heavy crude oil and freshwater. The freshwater can be used as a source for generating steam and for irrigation of valuable crops. As Lois Henry has pointed out repeatedly, this water has been used for irrigation for decades with no damage. Nevertheless, the Regional Water Quality Control Board out of an abundance of caution has conducted considerable additional studies and testing and concluded there is no damage. Unless your agenda happens to be the termination of all oil and gas production, that ought to be sufficient. Hal Bopp Bakersfield ………about Hal Bopp

"We need to work on continuing to address aging infrastructure — older wells — and making sure that the older facilities and wells get taken care of," Bopp said. Bopp said he will do his best to work as a liaison between the government and the oil and gas industry.

"In the search for a new state oil and gas supervisor, it was crucial that we find someone who was respected not only by (division) staff but also by industry and other public entities as well," said Department of Conservation Director Darryl Young. "Equally critical to the position is the ability to lead the division into the future. Hal Bopp has all those qualities."

As supervisor, Bopp will direct the state’s oil, gas and geothermal regulatory programs and direct a field staff that carries out the programs. He will also coordinate the division’s activities with industry, professional, civic and independent groups and other government agencies.

"I think that this is a great compliment to Hal," said Ed Spaulding, local public affairs manager for Chevron-Texaco. "He’s been an excellent district manager. And to be in the most oil rich part of the state and be selected as the new oil and gas supervisor is great for the state as well as for Kern County operators."

As the Nation’s concerns over water resources and the environment increase, the importance of considering ground water and surface water as a single resource has become increasingly evident. Issues related to water supply, water quality, and degradation of aquatic environments are reported on frequently. The interaction of ground water and surface water has been shown to be a significant concern in many of these issues. For example, contaminated aquifers that discharge to streams can result in long-term contamination of surface water; conversely, streams can be a major source of contamination to aquifers. Surface water commonly is hydraulically connected to ground water, but the interactions are difficult to observe and measure and commonly have been ignored in water-management considerations and policies. Many natural processes and human activities affect the interactions of ground water and surface water. The purpose of this report is to present our current understanding of these processes and activities as well as limitations in our knowledge and ability to characterize them.

From the USGS website. I consider this agency to be the experts. Not a local water agency’s spokesperson who has everything to gain from disassociating "ground water" and "aquifers. Real hydrologists and geologist DO believe there is a connection. I was just in Tulsa. I go back in a week. I train crane operators. What do the locals there think of fracking now? Not very happy.

The technology did not exist twenty years ago to drive with electricity rather than gasoline. It does exist now. Tesla, GM, BMW, Fiat, Porsche, Jaguar, Nissan and others have demonstrated the ability for EVs to drive for hundreds of miles on a single charge, very inexpensively, in cars that are affordable, safe and, powerful… and the Technology continues to improve so, that we can expect to have practical, affordable, powerful EVs that continue to improve in all areas, making them preferable to internal combustion engine (ICE) cars in every respect.

Solar power used to be expensive— but in the last three years solar power has plunged to just pennies per watt, making solar electricity so cheap that Saudi Arabia has been installing thousands of acres of solar panels to replace their own use of fossil fuels. They are the country with the cheapest fossil fuels on the planet, so if they can wean themselves off of oil and find it important enough to do so, so should we.

Batteries used to be expensive, inefficient and problematical. They no longer are, so it is, now practical to install solar panels on roof to generate electricity to run our homes, and, have compact, affordable, reliable battery storage for that electricity, so that we can generate the energy we need for our homes cleanly and silently, and store that energy for use at night to run our homes, and charge our EVs to be completely free of any need to pump oil out of the ground and argue over whether it is safe to do so, or to worry whether it will create earthquakes every day as it has in Kansas, Oklahoma and, other plains states. No more fracking, no more tainted oil eells, no, more major, expensive, deadly and disastrous drill rig disasters as we had with BP a few years ago.

We can live fabulously now, without all the terrible problems the oil industry has created… we can live grid-free, with just the solar panels on our roofs, and EVs for our daily needs, without ever having to pay for gasoline ever again. That 8s how I have been living for years now… have not needed gasoline at all in quite some time… living on clean, sustainable energy. We can all live this way and these problems with the oil industry are moot.