Injection wells have proliferated over the past 60 years, in large part because they are the cheapest, most expedient way to manage hundreds of billions of gallons of industrial waste generated in the U.S. each year. Yet the dangers of injection are well known: In accidents dating to the 1960s, toxic materials have bubbled up to the surface or escaped, contaminating aquifers that store supplies of drinking water.
The contracting behemoth exposed troops and civilians at a U.S. military base in Iraq to contaminated water last year. | story
And in a move of galling chutzpah that would make Dick Cheney proud, Halliburton denied the allegations, even though they were made by its own employees and documented in e-mails.