HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » General Discussion (Forum) » Fracking Fluids May Migra...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Thu May 3, 2012, 01:16 PM

Fracking Fluids May Migrate to Aquifers, Researcher Says


(Bloomberg) Chemically treated drilling fluid can migrate through thousands of feet of rock and endanger water supplies, said a hydrologist whose research calls into question the safety of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas.

The fluids can migrate faster that previously thought, Tom Myers, a Reno, Nevada, researcher, said yesterday. His study, published in the online journal Ground Water on April 17, says fluids can reach shallow drinking-water aquifers in as little as three years.

“If contaminants reach natural fractures under pressure, the upward flow has the potential to be enhanced greatly,” Myers, an independent consultant who has worked for conservation groups and governments, said. “It can flow upward if there’s a pathway and unless it’s completely impermeable, there’s always a pathway. It’s just a question of how long it takes.”

The safety of water supplies is a key concern of critics of fracking, a drilling technique in which water, chemicals and sand are pumped deep underground to free trapped natural gas. Fracking, which has boosted supplies and sent prices to their lowest in a decade, is being investigated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for possible impacts on water. ................(more)

The complete piece is at: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-05-03/fracking-fluids-may-migrate-to-aquifers-researcher-says.html



7 replies, 1116 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 7 replies Author Time Post
Reply Fracking Fluids May Migrate to Aquifers, Researcher Says (Original post)
marmar May 2012 OP
guitar man May 2012 #1
Odin2005 May 2012 #2
Marrah_G May 2012 #3
SalviaBlue May 2012 #4
democrat_patriot May 2012 #5
laundry_queen May 2012 #6
hootinholler May 2012 #7

Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 01:22 PM

1. Yep

I can attest to that personally. They've been fracking for years in Oklahoma . The water well on my parents old farm and all the wells on the neighbors places, all ruined

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 01:39 PM

2. Fuck.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 01:40 PM

3. grrrrrrrrrrrr

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 01:41 PM

4. Ya think?

This is a no brainer.

These corporate sociopaths will not stop at nothing for their profits.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 02:00 PM

5. May? May? Who in the hell thinks they wouldn't? Even oil companies

know it will. Which is why the rich are stocking up fresh water.


Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 02:09 PM

6. They have a marvelous grasp of the obvious. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to marmar (Original post)

Thu May 3, 2012, 02:29 PM

7. Thanks you for posting this!

3 years, 5 years, 10 years, it matters not after the time is expired. The thing is that contaminates will find a way to migrate and after they do, the gas companies have left their mess for the public to deal with.

This doesn't even consider the disposal of the fracking fluids returned to the surface during fracking and are subsequently disposed of by injecting them into wells.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread