The southern California city of Barstow has just been declared a state of emergency by Governor Schwarzenegger because toxic rocket fuel chemicals have contaminated the region’s water supply. The LA Times has reported that high levels of a dangerous toxin that disrupts the thyroid, metabolism and child development, perchlorate, were recently found in local water samples. Officials are uncertain how long the chemicals may actually have been present in Barstow’s drinking water.
Businesses began draining their ice machines, and there was a run on bottled water by local citizens, as everyone was warned against drinking what came out of their taps. Over 40,000 area residents of the Mojave Desert community found themselves with nothing safe to drink; some families have now gone more than three days without any clean water, or answers.
Another Case of Hydro-Fracking Poisoning?
Local water company officials stated that perchlorate levels in some samples are fifteen times greater than what is acceptable. How did massive amounts of rocket fuel chemicals make their way into Barstow’s aquifer? The first question that immediately comes to mind is: Was this municipal water contamination caused by hydraulic fracturing?