Drinking water

When Erin Brockovich, an environmental activist, shook down Pacific Gas & Electric for $333 million for allegedly poisoning a community with hexavalent chromium and causing cancer and all sorts of other health problems, Julia Roberts portrayed the protagonist in a sensationalized blockbuster movie. It is unlikely, however, that Hollywood will be filming a sequel.

Why? Because not only was Ms. Brockovich wrong, but the State of California has now partially repudiated what she fought for.

Erin Brockovich, Junk Scientist

We've known for a long time that Ms. Brockovich used junk science to score a jackpot settlement. She used a common rhetorical trick, known as the Texas...

Hydrofracking.47c1aabdThe US government s most comprehensive examination of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) and drinking water, which spanned four years, concluded that fracking, as it is being carried out and regulated, is not a threat to drinking water.

Hydraulic fracturing activities in the U.S. are carried out in a way that have not led to widespread, systematic impact on drinking water resources, said Thomas Burke, deputy assistant...

166780626Few regions of California have escaped the malign influence of the months-old droughts. Lake of the Woods, a small mountain town, is no exception. Though the lake after which the town is named dried up 40 years ago, there are five wells under the dry lakebed that constitute the community s total water supply. Unfortunately, the dire conditions brought on by the drought have left only two of the five wells able to provide water. Typically snow from winter supports the water supply of the wells in time for spring. However, not only has mother nature failed to sustain water levels, methods of...