In our last post we reported that an important Department of Energy study concluded that fracking and the fracking drilling process performed thousands of feet underground does NOT cause water pollution. This is very big news for the natural gas drilling business not only in Pennsylvania but worldwide.
Now today, another story just broke out of Donegal, Pennsylvania. Studies have proved that a couple’s well water was in fact polluted due to a leak in a nearby wastewater pond. The pond owner, NPX has been ordered to provide a clean water source to the people affected.
The wastewater pond leak comes right behind a story that notes that well water pollution suffered early on in the Pennsylvania fracking experience was caused by faulty well casings used to transcend through the water aquifer.
The bottom line to all of this is that the natural gas industry has, and continues, to address the problems. The companies do not want water problems. Many believe that the early problems caused a moratorium on fracking in Wayne County, the Delaware Water Basin and the entire State of New York. Although originally rushed into service, wastewater ponds are not the preference of choice for dumping fracking waste. Few . if any, are currently being constructed. Injection wells and other disposal methods are now utilized. It’s safe to say,the original ponds were a mistake.
Likewise, new safety procedures for drilling through the water aquifer which includes additional well liners, have been in use for the past several years. Bad casings and poor concrete are no longer being used. Well water pollution cases are on the decline.
All in all, water issues are declining as the industry seeks to avoid controversy.
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