Posted on | June 21, 2010 | 2 Comments
For Westerners, the connection between gas and water usually centers on Chromium VI, the chemical once used as a coolant by PG&E gas compressor plants and subsequently the Mojave Desert groundwater pollutant made famous by “Erin Brockovich.”
Yet a far greater, clear and present threat exists to a shared watershed extending from New York to West Virginia and throughout gas fields of the midwest and Texas. That is “hydrofracking,” the process in which chemically laced water is used to fracture rock for gas extraction.
Gas companies decline to state what chemicals they use, citing commercial sensitivity. “The casing design and cementing of wells are orders of magnitude more important than knowing what’s in the secret sauce at fracturing companies,” Charles Stanley, chief operating officer of the natural gas mining exploration group Questar Corp told the Houston Chronicle last December.
Moves to force them to treat fracking water before returning it to streams and groundwater have been unevenly applied. To see the havoc that fracking waste water is wreaking throughout the Marcellus Shale (left), watch Josh Fox’s 2010 Sundance Film Festival award-winning documentary “Gasland” on HBO tonight at 9pm. Also look for him to be interviewed by Jon Stewart. Via WaterWired.
Note: Fracking is a frequent subject of weekly news round-ups on this site. For a range of links on reports on hydrofracking in Texas, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York, go to the search box of this website and enter ‘fracking’ and ‘frack.’