Residents in and near Pavilion, Wyoming have been without safe water for YEARS. It’s time to end this debate and admit what those of us to live in the gas patch know: Hydraulic fracturing to extract shale oil and gas contaminates water.
UPDATE: Bloomberg report
The Wall Street Journal article requires a subscription but here are some excerpts:
BUSINESS September 26, 2012, 7:45 p.m. ET
EPA Says Wyoming Fracking Results Are Consistent
By TENNILLE TRACY
…The Environmental Protection Agency said new government tests of groundwater near Pavillion, Wyo., have yielded results similar to data it released last year, when it suggested chemicals in the water were linked to hydraulic fracturing.[…]The new findings were released Wednesday by the U.S. Geological Survey, which tested water from one of two monitoring wells the EPA drilled after Pavillion residents started to voice concern years ago about the smell and taste of their water. The agency dug the two wells, both hundreds of feet deep, to test the area for signs of contamination.
EnCana denies everything. Doug Hock, EnCana spokesman who was a presenter at the PSYOPS conference said the EPA is a bunch of meanies and blah, blah, blah…
Hock’s presentations at the PSYOPS conference covered:
Identifying Successful Strategies For Gaining Trust in Communities Where Hydraulic Fracturing is Occurring To Become Better Corporate Citizens
Developing A Comprehensive Crisis Communications Strategy Specific To Unconventional Oil & Gas To Respond And Drive Quick Resolution