Drilling industry, watchdogs agree: Checking water quality is good
A natural gas drilling platform near Farmington on April 19, 2012. New Mexican file photo
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What to test for in baseline domestic well study
Alkalinity (Bicarbonate & Carbonate of CaCO3); Phosphorus; (Cations) Boron, Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Manganese and Sodium; (Anions) Bromide, Chloride, Sulfate, Nitrate, and Nitrite as N; Dissolved methane gas; (VOC) benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene & total xylenes (BTEX); and total dissolved solids. If dissolved methane exceeds 5 milligrams per liter, consider further testing. Water temperature, pH and conductance should be noted when sample gathered.
Source: American Petroleum Institute, NMOGA
• For more information, visit www.geosociety.org/criticalissues/hydraulicFracturing/waterQuality.asp
• Look for a qualified environmental lab to test groundwater through the National Ground Water Association, info.ngwa.org/servicecenter/ngwadirectory/index.cfm?a=3
• The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association recommendations are here: www.nmoga.org/new-mexico-oil-gas-association-voluntary-baseline-sampling-guideline
• Check out oil and gas well maps for your state at maps.fractracker.org
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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Sunday, June 22, 2014 10:45 pm.
Updated: 5:04 pm.