Drilling companies caught lying about water usage. Sometimes the truth just slips out as it did when an oil field worker told TXsharon the truth about water usage.
As you should know by now because I’ve been telling you again and again and again and again and again and again and even again, there is no way to accurately determine how much water oil and gas drilling companies are using to drill in the Barnett Shale. We cannot depend on drilling companies to voluntarily supply accurate numbers.
Sometimes the truth just slips out.
A few weeks ago I was driving in Wise County when I passed a gas well that had been completed about a year ago. There were big pipes crossing the road and a temporary bridge so vehicles wouldn’t crush the pipes when they passed. I rolled down my window and spoke with the oil field worker who was monitoring the pipes.
I asked him what they were doing and he told me the well was being fraced. I expressed my alarm because I knew that well had already been fraced at least twice in its short life. He replied that they always frac them three times in the first year. But that’s not the worst of it! He said that after the three fracs during the first year, they are fraced every six months.
Is this the truth? I honestly don’t know? I do know that my research indicates that Barnett Shale wells are fraced often using between 3.5 and five million gallons of clean water for each frac. I also know that industry officials claim wells are usually only fraced once.
My point here is that we don’t know! We don’t know for sure how much water is used for oil and gas drilling. Just like we don’t know for sure what’s in the waste water they pump back into the ground. They can tell us anything.
Finally, we do know that oil field workers are told not to step in any spillage of drilling waste water because it is that dangerous.
I hope our County Commissioners will require strict monitoring of water usage and disposal now that exemptions have been eliminated for Ground Water Conservation districts.
photo credit: Winston Cooper
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