A Legitimate Threat to our Drinking Water for Generations to Come
In Sevier County, Utah 100% of our drinking water is underground aquifer sourced. Should a well casing blow out and contaminate this aquifer where would our drinking water come from?
The greatest danger in gas drilling is water pollution caused by spills and blowouts. Any contamination of ground water and aquifers is a threat to public health, agriculture, and wildlife. After a recent spill in PA, the USDA quarantined cattle that drank contaminated water, to protect the public from eating potentially harmful products. But humans are not directly protected because the gas industry is exempted from the Clean Water Act and the Safe Drinking Water Act. Your drinking water is not protected.
Although industry experts insist Hydraulic fracking is safe. The entire industry is protected from disclosing it’s “propitiatory” fracking formula. Millions of Gallons of water are used in every fracking process. Gas industry experts insist only 2% of the fracking fluid volume are the proprietary chemicals mix about 40,000 gallons.
Fluid used in Hydrofracking Shale wells:
- Millions of gallons of local water (ground, aquifer)
- 40,000 gallons of chemicals.
- 93% of these chemicals have adverse health effects,
- 60% are known carcinogens
- more than 40% are endocrine disruptors.
- including benzene,
- methanol and others.
When in 2007 environmentalists began raising reasonable concerns about fracking, industry executives responded with a dismissive, “Just trust us”—ensuring that skeptics would trust them less. Just in case concern didn’t turn into panic on its own, the industry for years took the additional step of refusing to disclose the chemicals it uses in fracking. Lost amid the suspicion and recrimination was a potentially more constructive discussion over improving industry standards for drillers’ concrete-lined steel casing, which, when installed correctly, has successfully insulated wells from drinking water.
Wild life, Fish and Aquatic life affected as well as recreation.
Each drilling/fracking consumes and pollutes millions of gallons of clean water. Reduced oxygen levels, high levels of dissolved solids and pollutants negatively affect aquatic life, including fish. Most wildlife will be negatively impacted by forest fragmentation by well pads, road and pipeline building, while others may benefit (coyote). Access roads and pipelines provide openings for invasive species infestation.
Beyond drinking water, roads and air are being polluted:
Studies have shown that what the industry calls annoyances – noise, light and dust pollution – can also have a negative impact on human health. Brine coming out of the fractured shale contains toxic heavy metals and be highly radioactive, yet some communities are using for road dust control and de-icing.
In New York State:
The DEC estimates between 5850 and 8905 truck trips for each well pad. Increased traffic leads to increased accidents. In other states, school bus accidents and chemical tanker spills have occurred as truck drivers try to negotiate rural roads at high speeds.
Declining Property Values
Many banks deny mortgages on gas- leased properties or land adjacent to gas- leased properties. Insurance companies are balking at writing policies for leased parcels, since landowners can be liable for accidents related to natural gas drilling.
When properties can no longer be mortgaged or refinanced and are not insurable, properties lose value.
Agricultural land and local heritage adversely affected.
Agricultural production, tourism and recreation contribute almost 16 times more income to the state economy than would gas drilling. Gas drilling and hydrofracking can negatively affect those industries.
We are believe Utah’s valleys and prime agricultural land and water resources should be protected from Hydraulic Fracking and Coal Bed Methane production. Our livelihoods, heritage and generations to come are counting on us.
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