Hydro-Fracking and Well Water. You may think you are safe if you have well water, but if you live in an area where fracking is being done, you are in danger of having your water tainted.
Hydo-fracking is the method of extract gas from the rock. The combination of chemicals (slickwater) used in the extraction of the gas, pollutes the ground, kill plant life and our drinking.
The process uses up to 8,000,000 gallons of water for each drilling process. These chemicals used are diesel fuel, benzene biocides, and hydrochloric acid. These are only the chemicals we know about. Companies using these methods do not have disclosure laws to tell the public, all the chemicals used in fracking.
Once you wells are contaminated, you can not drink or use the water safely. If you feel your water has been affected, consider sending a sample of your water to be tested. If a big gas corporation has been given permits to extract gas in your town, you are in for an uphill battle trying to get them to stop. Only a major movement by communities can push corporations either make fracking safer or to move to areas with no population.
Here are some of the ways well water gets polluted:
- nitrogenous fertilizers
- manure from farms
- Wasted from abandoned mines
- Broken or leaking Septic systems
- Illegal dumping of chemicals in our waterways
- Leaking from below ground oil and gas tankers
- Oil spills and leakages, near well site
According to the Groundwater Foundation, your well water should be tested at least once every year. Shallow wells should be tested more frequently. Seasonal testing is suggested for shallow wells.
Regular testing of well-water is necessary to
- Track changes over time
- Locate any existing problems
- Assure water is safe for drinking and bathing, for humans and pets
- Determine if you treatment system is effective effective
Contact your local or state Health and Human Services Department. They will be able to refer you to a certified laboratory in your area.