What is water fracturing or fracking? Maybe you’ve seen a special on it, maybe you caught the Oscar nominated documentary GASLAND by Josh Fox. In any case, water fracking or hydraulic fracturing is a
method used to drill for and recover natural gas or oil. Here is a simple explanation of how it’s done. A well bore is drilled into the ground where natural gas or oil is suspected to be present, a liquid is then pumped into the hole to increase the depth of the hole fracturing the earth. The idea is that pressure from the hydraulic fluid will extend the crack and eventually hit the fossil fuel being mined. Usually when natural gas or oil is found a sand filler is pumped into the fracture to keep it open and to allow the liquid or gas to enter the well.
That’s a real simple explanation but the key thing you need to know is that some sort of hydraulic fracturing liquid is being pumped into the ground and it isn’t removed. Where does it go you ask? Well there are many who think it ends up in our water supply in fact there is some pretty compelling evidence to back up those claims. Imagine if you will that this fracking compound finds its way into the well on your farm or maybe it leaches into your community well.
Why are we concerned with this issue? Well we certainly aren’t concerned about natural gas, oil or coal but we are very concerned about potable drinking water. Remember, us plumbers protect the health of the nation and that’s a job we take very seriously. In one part of GASLAND a home owner turns on their kitchen sink faucet then proceeds to take a match and light it on fire. If you can light your drinking water on fire we think you have a problem. There is something else that bothers us a bit, the ANGA (America’s Natural Gas Alliance) came out with a short movie slamming GASLAND and attempted to debunk many of the movies claims. One claim ANGA denied vehemently was having anything to do with the aforementioned flammable drinking water. Their counterpoint says the following “Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which tested Markham’s water in 2008, there were “no indications of oil & gas related impacts to water well.” Instead the investigation found that the methane was “biogenic” in nature, meaning it was naturally occurring and that his water well was drilled into a natural gas pocket.” http://anga.us/learn-the-facts/the-truth-about-gasland?gclid=CMaSuJjo46gCFcq8Kgod502mEw (Click on the hyperlink to see a copy of the complaint and a link to the article) Here is where this gets interesting on May 9, 2011 and article published on www.propublica.org had this to say “For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire……..” We tend to think where there is fire there is……well fire.
Please make no mistake, this flammable drinking water is just one of many alleged
problems that include massive fish kills in rivers, livestock death and sickness and unexplained sicknesses in residents, all near hydraulic fracturing sites. Most gas companies site that their fracturing solution is 98% water however when you are dealing with millions of gallons of water that 2% becomes significant. Here is a list of chemicals and we will give you one guess as to what these are used for, formaldehyde, ammonium chloride, acetic anhydride, methanol, hydrochloric acid, and propargyl alcohol. Any guesses……..? It’s Halliburton Co. secret mixture that makes up the other 2% of the hydraulic fracking solution.
So we are throwing down the gauntlet, we at theplumbinginfo.com are on the case. Our only agenda is making sure people have clean, safe drinking water. If hydraulic fracturing can’t be stopped then we can darn sure figure out how to filter the water being contaminated. As you can imagine this couldn’t be done alone, we had to have some friends to help in our cause right? You bet, this piece along with back-up data will be seen by every single state legislator in Illinois and they’ll tell two friends and so on and so on just like the old Faberge commercial. We are also working in conjunction with the Plumbing Contractors Association of Greater Chicago (PCA) and The Plumbing Council of Chicagoland to dig around, to use our collective resources to establish a pattern. If nothing is found then we will report it and move on. So please help us in finding people willing to have their water tested in areas where water fracking is taking place. As a final note, the farmers and land owners that have agreed to lease their land to the utility companies and or fossil fuel companies usually sign a pretty tight non disclosure agreement (which is also bothersome) so getting these samples may prove tricky.
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