EPA TO INVESTIGATE TEXAN’S DRINKING WATER CONTAMINATION
Wise County homeowner to be included in national fracking study, he says; property value has plummeted Tim Ruggiero’s 10 acre-property in Wise County is among seven case studies selected for a national hydraulic fracturing study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Ruggiero said Thursday.
The EPA announced Thursday the inclusion of Wise and Denton Counties in the Barnett Shale play as part of the study’s look into the impact of fracking on drinking water supplies. The federal agency would not confirm the exact location in Wise County, citing “privacy” concerns.
Ruggiero said he ordered drinking water tests at his home before Aruba Petroleum’s drilling began and two more tests afterwards. Before drilling, the water tested “crystal clear,” he said. Afterwards tests showed contamination from Boron, Strontium and Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), which is associated with diesel fuel. Aruba’s spokesman was not immediately available for comment. EPA selected the sites following “extensive input from stakeholders,” the agency said in a prepared statement, although officials at the Texas Railroad Commission and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality said they received courtesy calls from EPA only yesterday.