People in Texas are finally starting to test their water and the results show that drilling for natural gas contaminates water.
The latest case of contamination to make the news points to Chesapeake Energy as the suspected polluter.
Local Couple Claims Gas Drilling Tainted Water
By Melissa Newton
The couple believes their water well is now contaminated. They had the water tested in 2008 and in 2009. According to the complaint, the results showed an increased concentration of benzene and other petroleum by-products.
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rumor is that another water well near ft. worth turned up with contamination last week. chesapeake is the only company drilling in that area.
Tim Ruggiero says
Rumors aren't necesasary- the reality is, there are more and more folks coming out against drilling in residential areas and othe rplaces that people work and play at.
I personally know 4 other homes who have contaminated drinking water. It's shame it has to result in a lawsuit and costs the homeowners piles of cash, but when Industry keeps singing their "We Didn't Do It and You Can't Prove It" song, then litigation is unfortunately, the only recourse. Or, you could just take your chnaces with the water. Just because you can see it or smell it doesn't mean it isn't contaminated.
If you test it before drilling, you better have a reputable firm with no aatchment to Industry do the test. Otherwise, the Industry will challenge the results just to create doubt. If you have the testing done after drilling, you're still in the same boat. Industry WILL NOT take responisibilyt fo their actions.