Drilling industry, watchdogs: Testing water quality is good

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Posted: Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:45 pm | Updated: 5:04 pm, Mon Jun 23, 2014.

The oil and gas industry is urging domestic well owners in New Mexico to test their water quality before and after drilling. Industry watchdog groups want the same thing, but for very different reasons.

The industry trade organization is encouraging oil and gas well developers to get permission from water well owners to test as a way of proving that drilling and fracking are safe and won’t hurt water quality. The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association launched a campaign last week encouraging industry to voluntarily work with domestic well owners to have water tested.

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  • Pat Shackleford posted at 1:57 am on Tue, Jun 24, 2014.

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    Would have been good if the author had addressed the so-called "Halliburton Loophole" legislation (rammed through congress by former vice-president, and general master of mayhem Dix Cheney) which excludes these frackers from disclosing the chemicals/substances they inject into the ground. The purpose of that industry-beneficial legislation (to the detriment of mere citizens) is to keep water-well owners (citizens) from knowing which chemicals the drillers/frackers are using. Without knowledge of those specific substances, there can be no blame laid to any particular drilling operator when a water-well owner finds foreign chemicals/substances in their well water.

    Water well owners should test and have baseline results established. If your congressmen were able to force public disclosure of the chemicals (unlikely with the currently "industry bought" status of both Republicans and Democrats), one could lay blame to an offending driller if/when those chemicals were found in your private water well. I'm not sure why a private water well owner would want to have an oil company involved in the testing of their water. Why would you trust them to be honest with you anyway? They don't even tell you what they're actually injecting into the ground. There's no precedent supporting that such trust exists.

    "Chemicals make up less than 2 percent of the fracking fluid"
    How many million gallons of fluid go into the ground per fracking well?
    Two percent could be tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals.

  • Mel Hayes posted at 9:18 am on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

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    Well said. [thumbup]

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 9:04 am on Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 190

    Here we go again with another round of Oil and Gas window dressing propaganda as they continue to try and frame the issue of "fracking" AS IF it was somehow SAFE !
    IT SIMPLY IS NOT and is a danger to us and the planet we inhabit. And why after so many scientific studies simply BANNED in so many places. The waste of drinking water (millions of gallons per well), the established fact that it causes EARTHQUAKES, and the refusal to go public with the TOXIC CHEMICALS used are but a few examples. Not to mention the so called external costs of erosion of local infrastructure, air pollution, noise and traffic. So individual testing before and after, of one's private well may indeed be a good idea but it is NOT THE ISSUE; BANNING FRACKING ENTIRELY IS. So stay tuned for more propaganda of this type as the industry continues to try and distract from the real issues and that is BANNING FRACKING ENTIRELY AND THE SOONER THE BETTER FOR BOTH US AND THE PLANET !


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