Contaminated water, gag orders, earthquakes, and flaming faucet stories seem to follow the natural gas and fracking industry wherever it goes – but every now and then there’s a finding that really makes you wonder if even they know what’s really going on. Case in point: a recent study by a professor at the University of Texas found that ground water near gas wells was high in minerals like arsenic, strontium, selenium, and barium.
These “heavy metal elements” were concentrated near gas wells, and were significantly higher than the historical baseline established between 1988 and 1998. In some cases, the levels of arsenic, etc., exceeded the EPA’s limits for safe drinking water (limits, it should be noted, that many believe are far too conservative).
What makes this really weird is that these elements are not usually used in chemical fracturing (fracking), according to the gas industry’s official disclosure to government authorities. Cue the Twilight Zone music, kids!
The original article, originally published over at our sister site, Blue Living Ideas, is included, below.
A new study by the University of Texas at Arlington has found higher concentrations of heavy metals in ground water near natural gas wells. Associate Professor Kevin Schug of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry became interested in fracking…