Unwell Water: Drilling leaves a bad taste for some
by Brandon Evans
Second in a series examining industrial pollution in Wise County
Larry Bisidas is a water well man. He has been drilling water wells in Wise County for 5 or more decades. He drilled my water well. Brett and Catherine Bledsoe live very near me.
I’ve been having to haul in drinking water. That’s pretty bad when the well man is buying bottled water. ~Larry Bisidas
Be sure to take note of the photograph. Wow!
See the first in the series: Flight for Survival: Toxic emissions force family to leave home
And previous report: Pollution cited in home’s devaluation. The Ruggiero’s home was devalued 75%
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Crazy, environmental water wells showing up contaminated. Wackos, every last one of them.
Tim Ruggiero says
Shocking News!!! No, not the fact that there's MORE contaminated drinking water, but the fact that ONE AGAIN, the EVER CORRUPT Railroad Commission is sticking to the line of 'Not one documented case of contaminated drinking water as a result of hydraulic fracturing.' How many cases need there be, before this changes?
We have contaminated water. The Parr's have contaminated water. The Knolls have contaminated water. The Bledsoes have contaminated water. The Bisidis' have contaminated water.
I'm going to keep asking this until someone from the Industry..Ed Ireland, are you listening? – Since Industry has obviously done the research to 'know' there aren't any documented cases of contaminated water, this suggests that they have scientific evidence to back up this preposterous claim. So here's the questions: How many cases of contaminated water are there that are NOT on or near a gas field? How many of them ARE on or near a gas field?
Note to Industry and Sunwest, spin doctors for ARUBA PETROLEUM: Put your money where your mouth is, and prove my questions INVALID.
Leed Certification says
Awwww, this is just too bad when a place has a good source of free and clean water and someone moves in to mess it all up… and even much worse when they deny that they caused it. People behind these companies should be responsible enough to make sure that they are not slowly destroying another good natural resource whenever they are disrupting one to mine for something that is of good value to them.
To Tim above–you are so correct about the RRC–they are in favor of the polluters,make no mistake about about it. You will get NO where with them. They are are a waste of our time. But, keep up the good work. You are lucky you are not in Booger!
Tim Ruggiero says
The TRC is more corrupt than the mafia- at least the mafia has some code of honor. Most of North America has seen the methane leak on my property, accompanied by some strange bright red fluid seeping out. I had to lead the TRC by the ear to it for them to even see it. The TRC has stated that the 'bubbling', in spite of the fact it ignites, is 'naturally occurring'. I don't recall it occurring at all prior to the drilling. No comment whatesoever on the red fluid. More than a year later, the bubbles are still there, as is the red fluid. In a letter from the TRC, they claim they came out to my property, found the bubbles, dug a trench, did some sampling, testing with some kind of explosives meter and on and on. There was no sign that any of this was done.
I have in my possession, a bottle of dark grey water with lots of sediment in it. It's loaded with drillimg mud, which is what's giving it the color, high levels of ARSENIC and STRONTIUM. The TRC has stated that this water is perfectly okay to consume. Common sense would tell you that you shouldn't drink it, and that's just looing at it, not knowing what is actually in it.
The TRC is nothing more than a merry band of lying jackasses. We'll see them in court at some point, as well.