Benzene found in frack fluids: Locals urge ban on fracking in Sespe, voice concerns over waste fluid test results

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A few dozen enthusiastic Ventura County residents — including many from Ojai —  gathered Feb. 10 to ask for a ban on fracking in front of the Ventura College Performing Arts building, prior to the state's public hearing. (Ojai Valley News photo by Kimberly Rivers)

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent
Amid reports that aquifers across California are at risk of contamination from injected oil field waste, local residents spoke out at a Feb. 10 hearing on the statewide Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for well stimulation processes.
The hearing in Ventura was held as state oil and gas regulators responded to an ongoing investigation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The EPA has found that oil field waste disposal injection wells have been permitted to operate over aquifers, which should have been protected from such activity.

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