The Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) was in North Texas last week and Tuesday I took them on a tour of Wise and Denton County Barnett Shale gas well sites.
The following is a quote from OGAP Director, Gwen Lachelt from the Fort Worth Weekly article: Concerns are mounting over health effects of gas drilling
“There are so many areas of gas drilling that have long-term potential to affect the public health,” Lachelt said. “What chemicals are actually being used in the drilling and fracing of wells? What emissions are coming off compressors and being released into the air? What is being evaporated from drill site pits, and how much harm will it do to people and animals in the long run? How much contaminated waste-pit water will wind up in our surface water and earth? There are just a host of issues that are not being studied and need to be studied if we’re going to get our arms around the danger these wells and everything connected with them might pose to people.”
So, as you can see, I’ve been rather busy.