Last Sunday’s Conversation examined how surface water is tightly regulated in California, but groundwater is not. We asked readers of David Mas Masumoto’s op-ed, “ A farmer’s perspective on groundwater,” should the state regulate the use of groundwater, or should it be left to landowners?
If we learn anything from what they have done in other states, which is the draining and contaminating of not just wells, but the largest aquifer in the country, corporations will pump as much water from the ground as possible, to either sell back to you in plastic bottles for huge profits and continue the plastic epidemic, or they will pump it into gas wells to contaminate the water indefinitely, to enrich themselves and pollute the surrounding communities for a dollar.
It’s funny to think that the government, which is funded by the people to protect the people from ruthless types, is not trusted by the public, but also known to be corruptible by these special interests that the public is fighting. … Take money out of politics and we take back our country, one small community at a time, and hopefully without any more damage.
And if this is worded strangely, whatever, I don’t want to rewrite it. It’s a lazy Sunday.