For decades, the easiest way for companies to extract natural gas was by a process called "hydraulic fracturing" where water, mixed with sand and chemicals, is injected into a well to break up the porous shale, and allow the natural gas to be caught. There are some oil and gas companies that insist this is the only way to collect natural gas.
One problem with this procedure is that we do not know what chemicals are used in the process, and as the laws currently stand, companies can call the information about the chemicals used "proprietary" and not disclose them. There is a possibility that the chemicals could get into the water table, harming the water supply. This process is currently regulated by states, many under railroad legislation! Federal Legislatures are pushing to bring regulation of fracking under the EPA's Safe Drinking Water Act.
Even though the oil and gas industry claims there have been no instances of contamination, stories have been popping up. They include Steve Harris in Texas, who claims that shortly after a driller fracked a well near him, he noticed changes in water pressure, a foul odor when he showered, and an oily film on top of the water. In Ohio, a couple's house blew up when gas from their water well filled their basement.
The information used in this blog can be found in the Oil & Gas Journal, Fort Worth Business Press and NPR.
We will keep an eye on this for developments. To find out if The Simon Law Firm can help with a landfill litigation case, or a hydraulic fracturing case, contact Todd Hageman.