When I was in the Eagle Ford Shale a few months ago, a landowner told me sinkholes appeared on her land shortly after fracking took place adjacent to her. She wasn’t blaming the sinkholes on fracking and I’m not either. But it is the most curious thing I have ever seen.
There are dozens of these sinkholes. The largest one is about four feet long and three or four feet deep (some fresh dirt had just caved into this sink which filled it in quite a bit). The others are a foot to 18 inches in diameter and two to three feet deep.
Here’s the freaky part: Most of the holes don’t have sides. You can reach your hand or a stick way into one hole and it might interconnect with the holes nearest to it and those nearest holes might interconnect to the holes nearest them and so on. It was unsettling walking around and I found myself wishing I had lost some weight. My Denton friend comforted me by suggesting that my falling into a sinkhole would make a good Jenny Craig commercial.
The holes seem to follow a line. Wilma Subra gave the landowners some instructions and we will be in touch.
Right across the fence, they were drilling another water well.
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