I have a more thorough statement that asks for specific areas of focus for the study. I also submitted a CD last night full of industry’s own studies, the Manual for Independent Operators and statements made in court cases and media reports where industry incriminates itself by admitting how unpredictable the hydraulic fracturing process is and the many bore hole problems encountered.
Massive amounts of toxic and potentially radioactive waste is getting spread on our farmland and dumped in pastures and creeks. Unlined, unfenced drilling waste pits litter North Texas.
Texas has NO regulation specific to hydraulic fracturing. So, there is NO WAY federal regulation can interfere with state regulation in Texas.
If hydraulic fracturing is so safe, why does Halliburton need indemnification language releasing them from all liability of any kind including death, loss of water, subsurface trespass and radioactivity.
In Supreme Court, Garza vs. Coastal, industry was faced with paying $14 million for a subsurface trespass so they stressed how imprecise fracking is:
…fracture stimulation isn’t a precise science
You may plan a fracture that will go 1,000 feet, and it might go 2,000.
Tom Price of Chesapeake Energy says:
“These are surgical operations… (ProPublica)
Clearly the industry has much to learn about hydraulic fractures.
All hydraulic fracture models fail to predict fracture behavior precisely and in many cases, models fail completely
“An improperly designed or poorly performed stimulation treatment can allow a hydraulic fracture to enter a water zone.”
People I know with contaminated water are spending thousands and 10’s of thousands for private testing. They do not trust state regulators.
UTGCD records show that of the metered sources, 1,146,598,272.73 gallons of groundwater was used in that district alone in 2009, a permanent withdrawal from our overall water budget. It’s not sustainable.
Under 1431 of the SDWA, I’m sending out an SOS to the EPA. We need you here. We need you on the ground. We need you now.
Links to media coverage HERE