Hydraulic fracturing of the Whitehead/Hillwood well next to the Argyle Intermediate School began a few days ago. The ABCAlliance has a great video of the chemical laden silica sand blowing right toward the school.
We need Ross Perot, Principal of Hillwood International Energy, to bring some of his charts and graphs to show us in whose world it is okay to expose our children to these processes. Maybe the leaders of Argyle who were unresponsive at a recent council meeting when asked to consider a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing permits can participate.
Remember, Dr. Theo Colborn says, “Air is the pathway of most concern,” so keep your children and pets inside until this is over.
Argyle residents should be on the lookout for drilling mud in their water. It will look like what you see in this video: Water contaminated shortly after hydraulic fracture Also be on the lookout for what you see here: Hydraulic Fracturing turns gardenhose to flamethrower
More information about hydraulic fracturing and what it looks like here: Hydraulic Fracture – Barnett Shale Gas Well
Oh, let me add: Please Mr. Perot, one of your employees seems to think the fracking fluid is only sand and water. That’s not true and I’m sure you know.
“Industry spokespeople claim that 0.5% of frack fluid is comprised of chemical agents but Earthworks’ research shows that companies can use as much as 40 tons of chemicals for every million gallons of water they use for fracking.” citations HERE.
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40 tons of chemicals in a million gallons of water is a whopping 0.96%….
All that fracking stuff is anything but clean water and sand! And the bad stuff has and will continue to get into our water aquifers. You can count on it!
If there is concern for the health of the children, why didn't someone change the curfew (restricted hours) to the evening, weekend, or middle of the night, when there would be no children in the school? It seems somebody created curfew hours to restrict the frac job to the middle of the day. Can't blame that on Hillwood or Ross Perot.
Yeah, frack at night because those toxic fumes never linger and settle in low places like the band practice lot. Oh wait! That has already failed.
Well, okay, frack at night so the water won't know it's being contaminated.
For Pete's sake! NEVER, EVER, under any circumstances demand that industry do a better job or not drill so close to children. Nope, we sure wouldn't want to hinder industry and their pursuit of billions upon billions in profit while leaving their messes for tax layers to clean up. That would be so unAmerican!
"Yeah, frack at night because those toxic fumes never linger and settle in low places like the band practice lot. Oh wait! That has already failed."
–Sorry, didn't know we were discussing toxic fumes. I was referring to silica sand blowing toward the school.
"Well, okay, frack at night so the water won't know it's being contaminated."
–If you beleive that fracturing causes water to be contaminated, then I guess it really doesn't matter what time of day the job takes place.
"For Pete's sake! NEVER, EVER, under any circumstances demand that industry do a better job or not drill so close to children. Nope, we sure wouldn't want to hinder industry and their pursuit of billions upon billions in profit while leaving their messes for tax layers to clean up. That would be so unAmerican!
–If an industry is abiding by the laws currently on the books, I see no reason to hinder them from their pursuit of profit. The urban drilling of the Barnett Shale has certainly demanded that the industry "do a better job". This industry is hardly recognizable from twenty years ago in regards to technology, environmental responsibility, and public image.
Please don't blame the industry for following the rules. Blame the laws on the books, or blame yourself for not changing them.
FYI, Argyle parents have already been to the school board because their children get sick when there is drilling activity. If you click the links in the post you can participate in the discussion from a better informed position.
There are thousands of cases of water that was contaminated during or shortly after fracking in the area. If you believe the process–created and administered by man–is infallible then, I've sure it doesn't matter to YOU when it takes place.
Regarding the laws currently on the books, are you aware that Texas has no regulation specific to hydraulic fracturing? It's kind of hard to abide by a rule that doesn't exist. Not that industry abides by any rules anyway.
How many gas wells do you have in your backyard? What have you done to change the rules? You can't say I haven't been trying.