Video updated with annotations. Thanks to OGAP for the frack facts.
Drilling the Barnet Shale for natural gas is responsible for most of the smog in North Central Texas, according to a new peer-reviewed study. Currently, there are nearly 10,000 functioning gas wells in the Barnett Shale, with thousands more holding permits from the Texas Railroad Commission.
The following is a video of a well in the beginning stages of hydraulic fracture. Currently there are several wells in my area undergoing hydraulic fracture.
The chemicals used in the hydraulic fracturing process were exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005.
H.R. 7231 will reinstate basic federal standards for hydraulic fracturing under the SDWA and enable the EPA to protect our drinking water from oil and gas pollution. Please contact your representatives and ask that they support this bill!
From TEDX – The Endocrine Disruption Exchange
Chemicals in Natural Gas Operations
Fracturing, frac’ing, and stimulation are terms used to describe a process commonly used to facilitate the release of natural gas and to improve production. In this process, depending on the geology of the region, as much as one million gallons of fluid or more are injected underground under extremely high pressure to open up fractures in the strata being mined. The fluids used in this process are composed of water and a variety of chemicals.
Click here to download a summary of the products and chemicals used to fracture natural gas wells (PDF).
You can download an EXCEL spreadsheet of chemicals used to fracture natural gas wells HERE
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Texas is a wonderful place, home to many animals and people.
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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These animals are an example to us. Great video. Thanks, Sharon.