EPA: Fracking May Be Cause of Water Pollution

For the first time, the EPA this week officially linked fracking to groundwater pollution.    The announcement is the first step in the process of the EPA opening up their findings to public review.

The announcement, which concerns the small community of Pavillion, Wyoming, could have nation-wide implications for fracking, the process of pumping a mixture of water and chemicals, at a very high rate of pressure, into the ground to release imbedded oil and gas.  However, according to the EPA, the fracking methods being used in Pavillion are different than those used in the other states where fracking remains a contentious topic.

Furthermore, the presence of chemicals associated with fracking, could have come from other sources, says Doug Hock, a spokesman for Encana, the company that runs the Pavillion gas field.  “Those could just have likely been brought about by contamination in their sampling process or construction of their well. … There are still a lot of questions that need to be answered.  This is a probability and is one we believe is incorrect.”

Hock is not the only critic of the EPA’s findings.  The study was “not based on sound science but rather on political science,” according to Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

While contamination is the primary obstacle for fracking, it is not the only one.  Russell Gold and Ana Campoy of the Wall Street Journal bring light to another issue:  the massive amounts of water being used.

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  • Dratke

    I work on the service end of gas and oils. After each new section of a well that is drill Casing or pipe is ran into the well. After the casing or pipe is on the bottom of the new section Cement is pumped down the casing followed by a rubber plug it lands on a check valve to ensure all the cement is pumped out of the casing or pipe. The cement is forced up between the casing and the ground or well bore. Each cement job is tested for different depths and Temperatures before it is pumped. To seal off the well to keep ground water from being contaminated.From well fluids from deep in the well or surface waters and other surface fluids. To keep them out of our drinking water tables.  Frac jobs are at the bottom off the well, only in the zones that hold gas and oil.
     Most people do not have an idea whats takes place on Drilling or Fracing a well. Before they get their tippets in a wad.  They need to read material from websites that are written by the people who know what they doing in the oil and gas industry. Not some one who just wants to get their name in a story. 
     I fly fish hunt and do my best to make sure my granddaughter future drinking water is protected.