Do you remember when I used to do those Friday posts with the O&G news bits you missed during the week and then I made snarky comments to go along with them?
Good. Because I don’t either. Blame it on ethylbenzene. I’m not even sure I remember how to do this but it’s probably a lot like riding a bike so I’ll just hop on and pedal faster.
First off, if you have not yet taken the opportunity to donate $5 to this study, just do it — now — before you forget.
Dr. Susan Nagel reports:
Our work was recently included in this article, which is great. It is important to note that while we have brought attention to this issue, it is far from solved. We need the funds for the proposed rigorous scientific study to push this issue forward. The funds from this campaign will specifically address the issue of EDCs in drinking water associated with fracking. With money from this campaign, we will perform a systematic analysis of the chemicals responsible for hormone disrupting activity in drinking water near and far from fracking sites.
We have hit a plateau in our fundraising. Please keep sharing our project! We only have 15 days left!
*Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with this study in any way. I just fracking love independent studies.
Oh, I don’t mean the headline is shocking. If you saw Gasland II, it’s a no-brainer. What’s shocking is that 2 scientists – Bruce Payne and Geoffrey Thyne – came out of their hidey holes and proclaimed a link between fracking and aquifer contamination.
Yes, that Geoffrey Thyne of the Mamm Creek study who famously advanced the possibility that produced gas may be leaking from drilled natural gas wells into domestic water supplies in Phase II and then radically reversed himself in Phase III by saying it was inconclusive that methane and benzene in the test wells were related to drilling (except for the sodium chloride which was probably from frackwater). If only John Martin hadn’t interrupted at the February BOCC meeting when I asked Dr. Thyne whether water users downstream from Divide Creek should be doing more testing. We’ll never know what he would’ve said.
Here’s what he said about the Texas study [emphasis added]:
“The methane and ethane numbers from the Butler and Teal production are essentially exactly the same as from Lipsky’s water well,” said earth scientist Geoffrey Thyne of Wyoming, who reviewed the data for WFAA. “It tells me that the gas is the same, and that the gas in Lipsky’s water well was derived from the Barnett formation.”
We also asked soil scientist Bryce Payne of Pennsylvania to review the data. He agrees, saying the gas in Lipsky’s water (referred to in the report as well number 8) is clearly the result of fracking operations.
“The gas from well number 8 is coming from the Barnett and it’s coming nearly straight from the Barnett,” Payne said.
What’s more, both Thyne and Payne believe these test results could represent the nation’s first conclusive link between fracking and aquifer contamination.
“And what we seem to have here is the first good example that that in fact is happening,” Thyne said.
Oh really, Dr. Thyne? And what was the Mamm Creek study? The first BAD examples of the link between fracking and aquifer contamination?
I always thought Thyne was kinda scared of the Garfield County Commissioners and that’s why he waffled on us in the Mamm Creek fiasco. The thing is, even though Martin interrupted my question to Dr. Thyne at the February meeting, it wasn’t like Thyne spoke up and offered his opinion. The guns had come out and he stuck his head back in his foxhole.
But why would he fear the GarCo BOCC? Here’s a good example:
PARACHUTE — Garfield County commissioners have agreed to hear a local citizens group’s concerns about the risk of earthquake activity related to wastewater injection wells used by oil and gas operators in the area.
Commissioners, meeting in Parachute Monday, set a July 14 “call-up” hearing at the request of Battlement Mesa Concerned Citizens to consider additional conditions for an injection well approved by county planning staff last month for energy company Ursa …
You know what really creeps me out about this? I mean besides the very real possibility of an earthquake or landslide in the Battlement Mesa area. What really creeps me out is that according to the article the Commissioners agreed to hear the residents’ concerns but they didn’t voice any concerns themselves. The article doesn’t provide a single quote from even one commissioner saying, “Yes we share your concerns.”
I know the reporter, John Stroud and if one of them had said a peep he would’ve at the very least quoted him out of context.
I wasn’t at the meeting but I have addressed the Commissioners on several occasions on the topics of air quality and public health and witnessed their icy glares and stone silence. These guys are as cold-blooded as they come.
It will be interesting to watch and see how they handle this issue.
I saved the best for last — the pièce de résistance. Do not miss this article. Phil Doe is the only other person besides me who can make me laugh at how fracking mad I am. Here he skewers CRED’s BJ Nikkel and tosses her on the barbie.
Lies, Damned Lies and Fracking Lies
by Phillip Doe
A couple of day ago a few of us went to Loveland, CO., a small city of roughly 70,000, 60 miles north of Denver. We went to listen to B.J. Nikkel, the director of Coloradoans for Responsible Energy Development, CRED. A pro-fracking front, CRED is a registered nonprofit. The Houyhnhnms in Gulliver’s Travels, having no word for a lie, would call CRED “the thing which is not” …