Hydraulic Fracking and Water Contamination

What could be more shocking than to find out that the water that you are drinking is not safe. James Dondero recently posted on facebook suggesting that, that is what happened in North Texas, Barnett Shale region. Investigators found in the drinking water elevated levels chemicals such as heavy metals including arsenic. When ingested, heavy metals are toxic. Also found in the drinking water were BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds. When ingested, BTEX compounds have been found to be carcinogenic as well as having negative effects on breathing and the nervous system.. This is both frightening and distressing.

In the area of Texas where the water is contaminated, there is hydraulic fracking for gas and oil. The fracking process is to force water mixed with chemicals at high pressure into the ground. Researchers are suggesting that there may be an association between fracking and toxic metals and chemicals in the water supply.

Hydraulic fracking is controversial. The concern is that chemical leaks occur and seep into the water systems in the area. The well casing fail in gas wells at a rate of 3 percent as some studies indicate. Other recent data indicates a much high rate of casing failure, and that rated is closer to 12 percent. This seepage occurs in the first year of the well operation. If this is the case, then there is good reason for concern. That is why it is necessary to continue to examine well casings and the effects of hydraulic fracking on the condition of the water supply.