Clean water has become a political issue where industry can wield it’s influence and elected officials side with them against landowners with no water. EnCana has a lot more “influence” than someone like Louis Meeks. Meeks is just a veteran who went to war, EnCana has billions.
Despite EnCana’s billions, they can’t muster up the decency to do the right thing and pay for delivery of water. The residents have to pay for their own delivery.
In Land of Gas Drilling, Battle for Water That Doesn’t Reek or Fizz
By DAN FROSCH
Published: June 2, 2012
Reading this part of story, I was reminded of the Parker County case.
“These are people that had good water,” said John Fenton, a barrel-chested farmer and chairman of the Pavillion Area Concerned Citizens group. “And it changed when there was this rush to come in here and develop the area when they didn’t understand the geology.”
Somewhere in the court transcript from the Plea to Jurisdiction hearing, you can hear the Range Resources attorney saying something like this:
… how “abundantly clear” it is that the area has “angular and nonconforming and unpredictable geology” with many natural pathways for gas to migrate.
So Range knew the geology was problematic yet according to court documents, they only cased to 400′ while the other wells in the area were cased to 600′. Source. Cutting corners in the fracking business never works.