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Our Opinion: Keep protection for Az aquifers

The Legislature has punched a gaping hole in state environmental protection laws to satisfy a Texas natural gas company.

HB 2352 would benefit a company that wants to build a stadium-sized underground cavern in Pinal County for natural gas storage.

The cavern would be created using water to dissolve an underground salt deposit, then pumping the supersalty water back underground elsewhere through injection wells. The bill would exempt such wells from the permitting process for aquifer protection.

Injection wells for contaminants ranging from radioactive waste to wastewater also would be exempted.

That’s a terrible idea. Once ruined, aquifers cannot be fixed. Keep the state environmental protections in place.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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