Hydraulic Fracturing May Pollute Well Water: Protect Yourself

The following is an article excerpt with a link to the full article and my comments at the end on how you can protect your family from nearby hydrofracking:

Hydraulic Fracturing: Easy energy, but what about our drinking water?

by Meg Hartley

‘Hydraulic fracturing, also called fracking, hydrofracking and fracing, is the
process of pumping liquids down a well under pressures high enough to create
openings or fractures in subsurface rock, thereby releasing oil or gas into the well

‘Drinking water quality contamination has been directly linked with
fracking in Pennsylvania. Methane was found in the drinking water of residents near
the Marcellus Shale basin- one of the major shale gas drilling sites in the U.S. A
study published by the National Academy of Sciences found methane in 51 of the 60
drinking water wells tested. The methane found was found to be from fossils, rather
than newer sources, thus linking it directly with the Marcellus Shale basin. This is
the first study to directly link methane contamination of groundwater with
hydraulic fracturing. (Researchers also found butane, propane, and ethane in some
wells tested)…’

My comments:

I’ve been assisting my customers with protective efforts through well water testing.  The idea is that when hydrofracking is proposed for the area near where you live that you test your well in order to establish a baseline condition.  Then, if you notice that your well changes after hydrofracking is underway you will have evidence in hand which you can use as proof that the activity has negatively affected your well water. Evidence can aid you in working with the company performing the hydrofracking if it turns out that you need to purchase a well water treatment system.

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About James McMahon

Studied ecology at the University of Illinois, mountain survival at Eastern Washing University, Deep Ecology at Naropa, River Ecology with The Nature Conservancy and Luna Leopold
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