The water was fine, they started fracking and then water wells started exploding yet the operator,”Petroglyph, says it’s not clear the drilling caused” the problems.
“The water is so saturated with methane and other chemicals it is not to be used for human consumption,” said Bernice Angely, who’s had water trucked to her home 10 miles west of town since her well blew up in July 2007.
They have also discharged water into the river and now…
Fourth-generation dairy farmer Brett Corsentino blames the discharges into the Cucharas River for ruining his corn crops. He uses river water to irrigate his crops just a few miles east of the homeowners having problems with their wells. He says the high levels of sodium in the wastewater has diminished his soil’s ability to absorb water and stunted the corn’s growth.
“They say, `Well, there’s no proof,'” Corsentino said. “Well, we’d been getting along for generations just fine until they started pumping 8 million gallons out of this country.”
Corsentino also says his herd suffered abnormally high birth and death rates and now numbers 400, down from 650. He believes the cows consumed too much sodium from the water and corn grown from it. His corn used to produce 6,000 tons of silage; this year’s crop yielded 1,500 tons.
However, Corsentino says his herd is healthier and milk production has increased since drilling stopped.
“There’s an obvious direct, substantial impact to Brett Corsentino’s dairy,” the state’s Gunderson said of the drilling.
But, that’s not all. Read the rest here.
The burden of proof is upside down. It’s way too high and the burden rests on private citizens rather than the offending industry. These events continue to occur all over the country and industry continues to claim there is no proof. It’s a play right out of Big Tobacco’s playbook. It’s nuts!