Water Contaminated With Hydraulic Fracture Chemicals

One of the toxicological myths as written by Dr. Marvin Legator in an essay published in Fruit of the Orchard: Environmental Justice in East Texas states:

MYTH: The absence of data is the same as negative data.

This is one of the most frequently used statements by those who wish to pollute the environment. Equating the absence of studies to characterize the hazard of a chemical to running definitive experiments that indeed show the lack of presence of toxicity for a give agent, is a widely used approach to deliberately mislead victims of chemical injury.

Industry uses this myth to escape responsibility for contaminating our water, air and soil. Despite hundreds of cases where water contamination has occurred during or shortly after hydraulic fracturing, industry still claims there are no documented cases of water contamination as a result of hydraulic fracturing. But now…


Frack chemical contamination
EPA investigates 11 polluted wells

…industry watchdogs say the contamination of about 40 wells in Wyoming, being investigated by the federal Environmental Protection Agency, may provide solid evidence that chemicals used in the fracking process can end up in drinking wells.

Residents of Pavillion, Wyoming have complained for years that drilling was contaminating their water.

Some Pavillion, Wyoming landowners have water that smells and tastes like gasoline. It’s cloudy, and particles float in it. It didn’t used to be this way.

from EARTHblog.

Encana started an intensive drilling campaign in the area in 2000.

Since then, residents have complained of numerous symptoms, such as losing the senses of taste and smell. Many have also complained that wells, which had provided clean fresh water for years, were now producing foul-smelling water unfit for consumption by humans or animals.


EPA testing has now confirmed that 11 wells are contaminated “with various substances connected with gas drilling.” About 40 wells are said to be contaminated and EPA plans to do further testing of all the wells now that contamination of the 11 has been confirmed.

Did you get that?

EPA testing has now confirmed that 11 wells are contaminated “with various substances connected with gas drilling.”

Water Contamination in Pavillion, WY, Encana Considered Source

EPA Confirms Drinking Water Contamination By Toxics Used in Fracturing

Hydraulic Fracture: Industry All Fracked Up Over EPA Water Contamination Investigation

Legislation is pending that will close the Halliburton Loophole, but we need more support for these bills. Please ask your member of Congress or Senator to co-sponsor these bills.

S. 1215Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals (FRAC) Act

A bill to amend the Safe Drinking Water Act to repeal a certain exemption for hydraulic fracturing, and for other purposes.

H.R. 2766Fracturing Responsibility and Awareness of Chemicals Act of 2009

To repeal the exemption for hydraulic fracturing in the Safe Drinking Water Act, and for other purposes.

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.


  1. Anonymous says

    The water contamination in Ohio is mind boggling. And in PA it's almost every time they frack something happens to the water. It's very hard to believe they can continue to get away with this.