When your blood tests are positive for (EDITS below. I read the results wrong.)
…and the TCEQ testing shows those same chemicals coming from the gas well near you, it’s pretty obvious how the chemicals got in your blood.
And, when your breath shows your lungs contain
…and the TCEQ testing shows all those same chemicals coming from the gas well near you, it’s pretty obvious how the chemicals came to be in your lungs.
But, how the heck did the extremely high levels of hydrogen chloride get there? If you didn’t read the paper, you might never know.
How fracking works: Sand and water go in; natural gas comes out
As if a single frack job weren’t already big enough, the 1-H and 2-H wells were fractured simultaneously, called a “simul-frack.”
“If you’re pumping into both wells at the same time, odds are you’re going to break up the rock more,” Middlebrook said. The more rock fractured, the greater the gas recovery.
Some 6.5 million gallons of water and 6.5 million pounds of sand, along with 6,400 gallons of chemical additives, were pumped into the Barnett under extremely high pressure to create fractures in the shale about 8,600 feet below the surface. In addition, 52,000 gallons of hydrochloric acid was injected beforehand.
In all, the job involved 10 contractors and about 150 people on site at varying times, Middlebrook said. Each well cost $2.5 million altogether — $1 million for drilling and $1.5 million for completion.
Thankfully, we read the news around here.
You’ll be hearing more about this story, lots more.
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This person is my friend. This person is my neighbor, and she might be yours too.
It may seem like this is a faceless statistic, but this person is my friend. They have a beautiful family and a beautiful home, a home they built themselves that they can no longer live in.
To anyone who is paying attention (TCEQ, EPA, TRC) anyone?
Who will be the good samaritan?
Who will step up and do what is right to make it safe for this family to go Home?
She is also my friend. I hope and pray that they will be able to go home.