By some estimates, California over about three weeks recently got about 98 million acre-feet of rain. So, why hasn’t that solved the Western drought? Anchor Brock Yordy walks us through the logistics of massive-scale water capture. Then, in this week’s safety segment, we talk about willful misconduct.

This episode covers:

  • Trenching safety
  • Willful safety violations and liability
  • Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and Inflation Reduction Act funds for drilling infrastructure
  • Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)
  • Droughts in the Western U.S.
  • California’s “atmospheric river”
  • Rain capture’s impact on Western U.S. droughts

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