What are pollution permits?
At the risk of stating the obvious, environmental pollution is a serious health concern.
- Katie Valenzuela Garcia, advisor to the California Air Resources Board
- Gov. Jerry Brown in his State of the State address on Jan. 24
When Pacific Gas and Electric Company polluted the groundwater of Hinkley, Calif., in the 1950s and 1960s, people suffered greatly for decades. Cancer and other serious ailments afflicted Hinkley residents. Many were sickened, and some lost their lives, from the cancer-causing agent chromium-6, used as part of PG&E's natural gas pipeline project.
We need oil and gas to keep the world moving, at least in the way that it has for the last couple hundred years. But drilling for, processing and using it undoubtedly has an impact on the environment and quite possibly our personal health. Perhaps you cannot separate the two. An article published by National Geographic, written by Jamie Smith Hopkins for the Center for Public Integrity, describes the results of a five-state study that "raises new questions" about dangerous chemicals kicked up by oil and gas well sites.
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