Once again, Sacramento is going after the oil industry. I am referring to the Viewpoint by state Sen. Fran Pavley (“Oil industry’s use of water must be clear,” Aug. 1), who wants oil companies to report and source their water usage.
I know of 18 million gallons of clarified water in the Five Cities area that is being discharged to the Pacific Ocean, which could be re-directed to ponds to replenish our aquifers, but overburdening regulations prevent this from happening.
Bureaucrats in Sacramento only know how to tax and regulate. They are not innovators and this is another attempt to create and “featherbed” another agency and waste our precious tax dollars.
Instead of monitoring the private sector for their water usage, it might be worthwhile initially monitoring some government public facilities, like publicly owned treatment works and parks to determine their possible (quite probable) inefficient use of water. We all know that the private sector generally values its resources more than the public sector.
The current drought can be easily addressed if bureaucrats would roll back some of the onerous regulations and permit installation of desalination plants and processes to treat produced water from oil wells for reuse.
Trading our lawns for drought-resistant plants and dollars is not going to cut it.