UPDATE: For the best reporting to date on this case see: Better reporting on Range Resources water contamination case in Parker County, it is a long but essential read if you are interested in this case.
Does this sound familiar?
He explained that the gas, released after fracking operations to free the gas from shale rock formations, is escaping from deep in the ground. The gas is under so much pressure that it has found its own way to the surface.
Official calls well leak ‘very, very worrying’
Shale gas Fear of underground water contamination
And here is the Big Gas Mafia’s answer:
…the industry offers assurances that concrete and tubing installed as a well is drilled will prevent leaks. It also claims there can be no contamination of groundwater because the water is near the surface, while on average shale gas is found below 2,000 metres of impermeable rock.
(You might ask why Aruba works on the well mostly on the weekends. We did too until we realized the The Texas Railroad Commission closes up shop at 5:00 PM on Friday and doesn’t open again until Monday morning. That way Aruba can do anything they want to at the wellsite with only the landowners and neighbors to witness it. The landowners and neighbors have to stay vigilant and keep watch to protect themselves from this irresponsible operator.)
“We ask you to proceed immediately with the necessary corrections to stop these emissions,” the notice adds. “As well, safety measures at the site should be established to ensure the protection of persons and property.”
After Environment Minister Pierre Arcand said last week Quebec’s budding shale-gas industry was “not in control of the situation,” inspectors from his department issued infraction notices to Canbriam and to Talisman Energy Inc. for a leak at its Leclercville well.
Quebec is now threatening to ban shale drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Go, Quebec, Go! Protect the people and their water.