In far away Pavilion, Wyoming, it is confirmed that the water is not fit for human consumption. A few weeks ago, representatives of the EPA said that at least 20 wells in the Pavilion, WY, area were contaminated with an array of substances and that residents should not drink OR cook with the water. Local residents have known this for more than two years and suspect that nearby gas drilling operations had fouled their drinking water.
Now travel east to New York State. People are wondering: Does frack fluid migrate to the surface? Industry supporters say it is impossible. Opponents say that the vast majority of water wells near gas drilling operations have never been tested. And fracking chemicals are proprietary, so how does anyone know what to test for anyway? James Northrup, a native of Texas, and a summer resident of Upstate NY, says the very nature of the Marcellus Shale allows gas migration. He says it is likely that frack fluids will migrate to the surface. He says the shale contains many faults, some of which go from the bedrock to the surface. To make matters worse, there is not a lot of seismic data in Upstate NY. No one knows where these faults are located. So how can any gas driller claim they have everything under control?
To listen to James Northrup, click here.