Exxon’s only active shale gas well permit left in the DEC queue in New York is smack dab next to a stream that feeds into the Delaware River. Across the river and into the trees from The Josh. Under the heading “I really can’t make this fracking stuff up” behold the location of Exxon’s newest and last remaining shale gas well permit application in New York State. This is at the border of Delaware and Broome counties New York and Wayne County, Fracksylvania – where Hess and Newfield recently decamped. This is so close to the Fracksylvania border that you can almost hear the banjo music. And no, I’m not referring to “Deliverance“ Exxon’s XTO shale subsidiary snuck this permit application in upstream of The Josh. As a kind of “Frack You Josh” PR stunt.
This latest application is now Exxon’s only well permit application left in the fracking queue at the DEC. Which means that it is arguably the only economically viable shale gas permit left in the entire state. Next to a trout stream. Up river from The Josh.
None of the other fracking permit applicants are financially capable of drilling a wildcat gas well to prospect for dry shale gas in the Boondocks of the Marcellus. And, frankly, none of them are crazy enough to try to drill a shale gas well hard by the bonnie banks of the Delaware. But evidently, Exxon XTO did not get that memo.
They snuck their application in to frack the headwaters of the Delaware last January. While the rest of us were responding to the proposed fracking rules (written by the frackers), that includes a loophole that would make it legal to frack a well next to a trout stream. Imagine that.
Behold: Exxon XTOs latest and sole remaining HVHF well permit application in New York State:
Meaning they propose to pump tens of millions of gallons of toxic radioactive frack water, offload tons of radioactive drill cuttings via thousands of heavy truck loads – right at the headwaters of a pristine drinking water source for millions of people. In an area that has already been abandoned by Hess, Newfield, and Cabot. What could possibly go wrong ?
If Exxon’s plan to frack the headwaters of the Delaware strikes you as appallingly ill-advised – environmentally, politically, as well as geologically and financially – you’d be right !
Might follow the Golden Fracking Rule on this: “Frack unto them lest they frack unto you” Translation: Kill the fracking well permit. Here’s how : http://www.nofrackingway.us/2013/08/12/how-to-kill-a-fracking-well/