In late 2007, Williams Production was fracking a well in Grandview, Texas. Residents experienced the typical water pressure issues and ended up with toxic water that killed animals, smelled bad and caused rashes. This was reported in the FW Weekly by Peter Gorman. Water Foul: An aquifer is at risk – along with property values, livestock, and dreams – after gas wells move in.
Williams never accepted any responsibility, which is typical. However, they did recently pay off all the residents and, as a requirement of the payment, the victims had to sign a nondisclosure agreement.
A case in point: The water wells for three homes at the north end of Hill County were ruined when Williams Production-Gulf Coast Company began fraccing nearby. Benzene, toluene, methane, and other chemicals got into the aquifer and thence into the water wells, killing livestock and making the water unfit for human use (“Water Foul,” April 30, 2008). Williams denied any responsibility, claiming the chemicals were already present, but finally agreed to purchase all three properties late last year, with a stipulation that none of the homeowners could talk to the press about the settlement.
Is it just me or does that seems like a clear admission of guilt? Industry still continues to claim that they have never contaminated water.