Well water tests positive for drilling mud and known drilling surfactants.
On Friday, June 25, 2010, Wolf Eagle Environmental, LLC confirmed drilling mud has impacted well water in DISH, TEXAS. The water tested positive for Methylene-blue-active substance (MSAS) and Cobalt Thiocyanate Active substance (CTAS), surfactants commonly used in oil and gas drilling operations.
Affected DISH residents Damon and Amber Smith have been without clean well water since the summer of 2009, shortly after Devon Energy started hydraulic fracturing behind their home. The well water is the main source of water for the Smith residence and property.
Despite an installed filtering system, the Smith’s well water appeared to be filled with gray mud-like sediment. The mud sample taken from the heavily clogged filter was confirmed by scientists to consist of bentonite, a constituent of drilling mud.
A recent high pressure incident in one or more of the gas wells near the Smith’s house may have caused a large amount of drilling mud to migrate into the aquifer where the Smith’s draw water from. It is not uncommon to see migration of drilling mud months after drilling has occurred because not all of the drilling mud is removed after a gas or oil well is bored.
“DISH, TX is only 9 miles from my home. If I can ride my bike to DISH in under 30 minutes, how long will it be before that water migrates through the underground aquifer and contaminates my well?” says concerned Bartonville resident Michael Knoll.
According to Wolf Eagle Environmental, MBAS and CTAS are a concern to aquatic environments and human populations due to their carcinogenic and reproductive toxic byproducts.
News of the contaminated DISH water comes shortly after the US Environmental Protection Agency announced a comprehensive research study to investigate potential harmful consequences of hydraulic fracturing to water quality and public health.
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Flower Mound, TX 75027
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