Heavy Metals Contaminate Groundwater Near Fracking Sites


Heavy Metals found in Water

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.


Ground Water Near Natural Gas Wells Has Higher Concentrations of Heavy Metals (via Blue Living Ideas)

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…

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  • UKGary

    This could be similar to what happened in Bangladesh when the population went from using surface water and shallow wells to deep boreholes – the water in the boreholes was heavily contaminated with Arsenic in places due to its presence in the lower strata.

    • Jo Borras

      The problem is that there are vey few shallow wells left in these parts of the US.

  • UncleB

    My favourite “cut & paste” from the net needs repeating here:
    “Had the $4 Trillions+ spent on Iraq, been spent even only on conventional Solar/Thermal development of South Western U.S.A. – Today, Americans would receive a huge ROI ( “Return On Investment”) in cheap electricity, in place of horrendous tax rates to service unpardonable war debt to China. Americans would be gainfully working, using this renewable, perpetual, eternal, clean, radiation free, radioactive waste free, domestic, electricity source – to compete in world markets with well priced products, to irrigate dry lands, to heat and cool homes, and much less foreign oil would have be imported, fewer “Parasite Nations” supported. This is the lost “opportunity cost” for having Saddam’s scrotum on the Bushes mantlepiece? Shiite eh!”
    P.S., (Oil, gas, wells do go dry, not really sourced from an eternal pipe up &Allah’s-ass, as some believe – But, the Sun never stops shining, Wind blows forever)
    Moreover: A very backwards, wealthy, politically influential, and awkward ‘American Nuclear Establishment”, still ‘stuck on stupid’, restricted by ‘sunk money’ and ‘conventional wisdom’s’ falls drastically behind China’s Thorium LFTR styled advances and clings in desperation to its circa 1950’s, dangerous, dirty, complex, ‘secret process’ enriched uranium fissioning schemes.
    In an America blinded by her Great Corporate American Propaganda Whores and mesmerized to fossil fuel use, it is hard to envision the Prairie Wind Corridor and the wasting of more energy there each year equal to all of Saudi Arabia, and since it is renewable, perpetual, eternal, even the brightest of the lead soaked American minds cannot quite reach to the edges of this concept? Mention of Germany and their energy miracle, invites jeers and contempt of the uber ignorant American, and to even suggest Denmark is a net Wind Energy exporter is received with claims of Wind Turbine illnesses that strangely only occur in America? Fracking? A mini-minded, short term fast ROI technology that threatens water supplies – but in America where water shortages will never be a problem? who cares, right?

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