Some background – these studies confirm that my pal John Fenton’s water was contaminated by fracking. I met John at a conference in Colorado. We talked about his situation and it was apparent that his deep water well had been directly contaminated by rather shallow fracking operations – because there was not enough distance between the water strata and the frack target.
Subsequent studies by the DOE confirmed that a frack can travel up to 2,000 feet vertically – far less than the separation between Fenton’s water well and the frack zone.
The frackers were so worried that the EPA would find evidence of direct contamination that they persuaded the feds to shut the EPA studies down !
Because that would mean that any water bearing strata – within 2,000 vertical feet of a frack – would be subject to direct instantaneous contamination by all the mystery ingredients in the frack. And it would only be a matter of time before that contamination is discovered.
New independent studies now confirm the obvious: the frack was too close to the Fenton’s water, and so their water got fracked. Just like he alleged.
Truth will out.
John Fenton was the canary in the mine.
The kind of canary you don’t want to frack with.
Let the lawsuits begin.
Study Finds that Fracking Contaminated Water Supply
The potential upsides and downsides of fracking technology for oil and gas keep coming.
The Energy Department found half of all U.S. continental oil production now comes from fracking, bringing enhanced energy self-sufficiency. But injecting wastewater from fracking underground has boosted the risk of earthquakes in parts of Oklahoma and Kansas to the same level as California, according to the U.S. Geology Survey.
Now, a new study focuses on alleged contamination of drinking water in one of the highest-profile, longstanding cases. The location is the small town of Pavillion, Wyoming, population 231.
In 2004, Pavillion resident Louis Meeks said the company Encana drilled for natural gas by his house. And his water changed.
Fracking Contaminates Groundwater: Stanford Study
Another scientific report finds evidence of industry’s impact on public resource
Another scientific study has confirmed that fracking, the controversial technology that blasts apart low-grade rocks containing molecules of hydrocarbons, can contaminate groundwater.
“We have, for the first time, demonstrated impact to Underground Sources of Drinking Water (USDW) as a result of hydraulic fracturing,” says the study published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Researchers from Stanford University published their findings after combing through publicly available data on the drilling, fracking and cementing of scores of tight gas wells in Pavillion, Wyoming.
“Given the high frequency of injection of stimulation fluids into USDWs to support [coalbed methane] extraction and unknown frequency in tight gas formations, it is unlikely that impact to USDWs is limited to the Pavillion Field, requiring investigation elsewhere.” READ MORE
Fracking Study Finds Toxins in Wyoming Town’s Groundwater and Raises Broader Concerns
Hydraulic fracturing and other oil and gas operations contaminated the groundwater in Pavillion, Wyoming, according to a new study by Stanford University scientists. The findings raise concerns about possible water pollution in other heavily fracked and geologically similar communities in the U.S. West.
Pavillion has long been a flashpoint in the national debate over the potential impact of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on drinking water. Town residents began complaining of tainted drinking water in the 1990s, as oil and gas development boomed in the area. The Environmental Protection Agency released a draft study in 2011 indicating that oil and gas activities contaminated the town’s water. But after blistering criticism from industry and Wyoming politicians, the EPA shut down its probe in 2013 and turned over sampling to state regulators. The state’s studies have so far found no proof of contamination.
Published in Environmental Science & Technology, the Stanford study identified chemicals in Pavillion’s water related to substances that companies reported using in local fracking operations and acid stimulation, an oil and gas production method. The researchers also found that energy companies frequently fracked at much shallower depths than previously thought, sometimes very close to drinking water wells. In addition, companies fracked into underground sources of drinking water, or USDWs, defined under federal law as aquifers that could supply a public water system. Fracking into USDWs is legal, but the oil and gas industry has long insisted that fracking occurs far deeper than where aquifers are located.