At the July 18, 2012, City Council meeting, representatives of Roseville Electric presented a proposal for the Roseville Energy Park Liquid Management System. The proposal is for Phase 3 of the system which would cover disposal of the wastewater generated from the power plant. As described, Phase 3 would consist of a 12-month process to obtain all the necessary permits and public outreach, to be followed by the actual 6-9 month construction period.
The Liquid Management System would replace the current costly method of disposing of the wastewater, saving well over $1 million per year. The proposed new system would consist of two injection wells which would inject the wastewater to a low permeable salt-water level below the Aquifer system. Details of the plan were presented to the Council, and can be seen as represented to the Roseville Public Utilities Committee on June 26, 2012 and a FAQ from Roseville Electric at the City’s website.
Concerns have been raised over:
- Long Range Effects -- how millions of gallons of contaminated water and minerals could just endlessly be dumped below the surface
- Potential fracking -- concerns over the injection process known as “fracking” and numerous claims of related earthquakes experienced even after the reported process had been stopped
- Safety Measures -- concerns were asked about the safety of the injection wells themselves and what safety measures would detect leaks into the fresh water aquifer
- Alternatives to this Plan -- question about other alternatives that were considered or possibly should re-considered
The WFFNA Board encourages you to follow the proposed project, especially since this is right where you live. We have provided a few websites for your review here, but please let us know of any others which help express your thoughts or concerns with your responses to us.
- Roseville City Agenda of July 18, 2012, Resolution 9.1 Roseville Energy Park Liquid Management system
- City of Roseville, Liquid Management System Project Information – Q&As
- Press Tribune: Roseville electric pursues new option for addressing wastewater Aug. 10, 2012
- Hydraulic fracturing – Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia....ulic_fracturing
- Yahoo! News – Unusual Dallas Earthquakes linked to fracking, expert says 2012
- Food&waterwatch – Ban Fracking in California June 2012 www.foodandwaterwatch.org/factsheet/ban-fracking-in-california
If you have any concerns over this project we strongly urge you to attend this meeting and ask your questions.