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Fracking Chemicals Likely Found in Water

Chemicals have been detected in two deep water wells in west-central Wyoming, the EPA said they are consistent with those used in gas production and hydraulic-fracturing fluids. Where did the synthetic chemicals come from? Most likely a gas field near Pavilion, Wyoming is the source. Pavilion is located within the Wind River Indian Reservation, which covers over two million acres and is where two tribes live – Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho.

About 150 gas wells in the Pavilion area are owned by Canada’s largest natural gas producer. A company representative said, “They’ve used terms like ‘likely’. What they’ve come up with here is a probability. It’s not a  definitive conclusion.” (Source: Bloomberg) However, the company has been providing water from a different source to about 21 families from Pavilion. Other residents have also sought outside water sources.

Alternate water sources were recommended for residents of Pavilion by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 due to their detection of petroleum hydrocarbons in well and groundwater. At that time the same agency said they couldn’t determine the exact source though. This year the  EPA dug their own monitoring wells in the aquifer and found, “compounds likely associated with gas-production practices,  including hydraulic fracturing”.  (Source: Bloomberg) They also said levels of the chemicals are well above safe limits.

This development is a big story potentially, because earlier this year EPA Chief Lisa Jackson testified before Congress that she knew of no proven case where the fracking process had affected water. She didn’t lie, but now the EPA has acknowledged it is likely  fracking chemicals have contaminated water.

At the time she made her statement a study from Duke University indicated fracking had contaminated water, but she may have been unaware of the research.

Wind River Indian Reservation

Tour of the Wind River Indian Reservation from Wind River Country on Vimeo.

Image Credit: US EPA

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10:28AM PDT on Jun 14, 2015

Thanks Jake.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you.

5:26PM PDT on Oct 2, 2012

Thank you.

3:59PM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Fracking is proving to be harmful to the environment and most specially to humans. Why oh why is fracking allowed to go on???

7:13AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Frightening that some think it appropriate to allow until proven unsafe rather than requiring safety determination first.

7:04AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012


12:28AM PDT on Apr 24, 2012

Thanks for sharing.

8:21PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

OK, What is FRACKING and is it new...NO!

Many years ago, I was a member of the Rocky Flats Truth Force in Boulder, Colorado, we demonstrated against the production of nuclear triggers.

My goal was to isolate environmental conditions, i.e., ground water pollution, air pollution, accidents resulting in exposure. What I discovered was that the site was inundated with huge amounts of waste water contaminates, high radioactive.

What was their answer? INJECTION, deep into the earth. The result minor earthquakes in the Denver area.

"For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if it shall yield, the strangers shall swallow it up."

2:32PM PDT on Apr 18, 2012

Thank you for the beautiful video of Wind River Indian Reservation. To think that this peaceful environment is in danger from fracking is well...Unthinkable!

4:59PM PST on Mar 6, 2012

Inexcusable! Thanks.

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