Fracking Risks Outweigh Benefits, Then and Now!

by admin on August 8, 2022

Frack gas is unnatural natural gas, containing different minor and trace components

Is natural gas development really safe, well-regulated and generating significant benefits?

Letter to the editor by Vickie Oles, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, August 5, 2022

Residents of New Freeport, Greene County, might not agree with letter-writer Dave Callahan, president of the Marcellus Shale Coalition (“Natural gas development benefits Pa. residents,” July 25, TribLIVE). Residents report shower water is oily, water smells bad and pets won’t drink the water. There are reports of “errant fracking fluid from a well site.” A microbiology professor’s testing determined the water isn’t potable. The solution? The driller and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection “are investigating.” The families received some bottled water.

Other communities are affected by gas development. Check out “Fractured: The body burden of living near fracking” from Environmental Health News.

In addition to threats to health and disruption to daily life to residents near frack sites, we all might face threats. The frack waste from wells can be toxic and radioactive. Is that what is in the residual waste trucks driving through our communities? Where is it going?

Aren’t jobs a benefit? Workers in the drilling industry have seven times the death rate of other U.S. workers on average with injury and death from road and rail accidents, machinery mishaps, toxic chemical exposure, respirable silica sand, explosions and fires.

These risks seem to outweigh any benefits. {an obvious understatement}

>>> Vickie Oles, Ligonier Township, Laurel Highlands, Westmoreland County, PA


See Also: PA-DEP Fines CNX for Well Failure Near Westmoreland County Reservoir, Reid Frazier, State Impact Penna, August 21, 2020

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection has fined CNX $175,000 for allowing a gas well failure near a drinking water reservoir in Westmoreland County. A casing pipe inside the well ruptured about 5,000 feet below the surface of the Shaw 1G well on Jan. 26, 2019. The rupture sent gas and fracking fluids into nearby rock layers. The gas reached surrounding gas wells.

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Maury Johnson August 9, 2022 at 3:57 pm

Maury Johnson, Monroe County, WV, August 2, 2022

In 2018 MVP entered my holler and immediately I suffered impacts to the water suppling my well. In 2019 the impacts got worse. I have not been able to use my water for laundry since early 2018. I could only use the water in my well for cleaning and showers when the turbidity was not present.

I have not been able to use the water for drinking or cooking since March of 2018. Last August I completely turned off the pump in my well because it had gotten so tainted that I felt it was unsafe for any practical use. I bought a trash pump last year in order to flush my well. I am at that point now.

This Saturday I plan to work on my well in hopes I can get it back to working for use to bathe, flush the toilet and clean.

( I doubt it will ever be ok to cook, drink or wash clothes in.)

But just to be able to have these limited uses would be a huge improvement. If anyone would like to drop by for a few hours on Saturday morning to lend a hand I would appreciate it. PM me for more info.


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