High levels of arsenic in water near fracking sites in Texas

A recently-published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) shows alarming levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in aquifers overlying the Barnett Shale formation in northern Texas, near active natural gas wells.

According to the document, chemical and metal levels exceeded the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) maximum limits for drinking water standards in wells located within about three kilometres of fracking sites.

While the team’s findings are not conclusive, they provide further proof that links fracking to arsenic contamination, according to an internal Environmental Protection Agency PowerPoint presentation published in the Los Angeles Times last month.

RELATED: Pollutants in water near fracking facility in line with EPA findings
In the document, EPA warned that wells near Dimock, Pennsylvania, showed elevated levels of arsenic in the groundwater. The EPA also found arsenic in groundwater near fracking sites in Pavillion, Wyomin, four years ago — a study the agency later abandoned.

In the last ten years, the Barnett Shale formation has attracted dozens of fracking activities. As of May this year, the shale formation had more than 16,740 active wells.

 

comments:

 in San Jose

First, have there been any tests on the drinking water before the wells were drilled? Could the arsenic be naturally occurring?

Second, where did the arsenic come from. I do not think arsenic is used by the drillers in the drilling or fracing process.
Third, how did the arsenic get into the higher ground water? The oil wells are thousands of feet below the ground water.

 

Mike Failla

Correct me if i am wrong. Arsenic is NOT an additive in fracking sand mixture? Guar gum is an additive, a food additive from a naturally occurring plant in I believe india (guar gum). So was arsenic there all along? Where are the studies (ad nauseum?)
Just Asking

Cecilla,

As a regular reader I would suggest the best method to avoid “libelous per se” is to review http://water.epa.gov/lawsregs/… and enlighten everyone. Otherwise it sounds like an unleashed alarmist with a blog who wants to have their legal department review all their work prior to post.

“While the team’s findings are not conclusive, they provide further proof that links fracking to arsenic contamination. Links this arsenic to the Barret Shale formation? Really?

More b.s. from the left. Dont fall for it.

Advertisements