First, the Dallas Morning News inappropriately titled their article, “In midst of gas boom, anti-drilling movement gains ground.” (The article is behind a gate so you will need to buy a paper to read it.) Most of the people I talk with are not actually “anti-drilling.” They are anti unregulated drilling which is what we currently have in Texas.
Second, they got this completely wrong:
Indeed, no fracking fluids have ever been detected in aquifers and wells…
- Many chemicals included in fracking fluids have been detected in aquifers and wells. Benzene and toluene, for example, do not occur naturally in water yet they have suddenly turned up in well water, along with other toxic chemicals, shortly after fracking.
- Since industry gets to keep their fracking fluid chemicals secret, how the hell can the DMN determine they have never been detected? No one can accurately make that claim.
- Drilling mud has been found in private water wells shortly after fracking. Wonder how it got there.
I suspect that statement came straight from industry without any investigation by the reporters.
Regarding the Parker County water contamination: why did the reporters choose to quote Ed Ireland extensively without bothering to include any information from the EPA?
Aw well, it’s a start.