Dozens of homes in Midland have water contaminated with chromium-6 the same substance found in Hinkley, California by Erin Brockovich. Schlumberger an oil and gas industry giant that specializes in hydraulic fracturing has a plant next to the affected Midland neighborhood.
This was reported on CBS on the Early Show. More information coming…
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The Early Show asked Schlumberger for comment, and the company said in a statement: “Chromium has not been used in any of the processes performed at the Schlumberger facilities in Midland, Texas, and independent water samplings indicate that the source is likely an adjacent site unrelated or our facilities.”
I’ve never seen Chromium listed in the frack chemical lists but A Google search using the terms Hexavalent Chromium in hydraulic fracturing fluid returns thousands of hit showing that Cr-6 is commonly used in hydraulic fracturing fluids. I know it’s in flow back so…who knows with all the top secrets and all.
The Brockovich team believes they have evidence to back up the claim that Schlumberger is to blame. LINK
Additional video HERE. Apparently the homes affected were built near an area where oil field waste was dumped.
Not long ago, I posted about cancer clusters in McAllen from Exxon waste pits: Wise County be warned! Leukemia clusters around oil and gas pits. Why am I warning Wise County? Because we have hundreds of abandoned sludge pits. Several can be seen in this video:
And don’t forget about the Landfarms where operators are on their honor when it comes to testing for contaminants.
Not to mention that our beef could be laced with these chemicals!
And they are injecting these chemicals into the ground where it can and does end up in our drinking water.
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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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You are the pioneer in bringing these issues to public notice, Sharon. Thanks for doing a public service.