• We cannot stress enough the importance of getting your water tested before the hydrofracturing occurs. Not only does this establish a baseline, but it's important for you to know what's in your water for your family's sake, not to mention livestock.

    Almost without exception, the folks in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Colorado who are screaming groundwater contamination never got their water tested beforehand. Of course, the companies who are being blamed will suggest that the water was contaminated the whole time and deny responsibility, putting the burden of proof upon the landowner.

    It appears that the vast majority of groundwater contamination problems are not a result of the hydrofracturing itself, but rather bad concrete jobs going down the hole or spills above the ground.

    The Eagle Ford Shale lies some 13,000 to 14,000 feet below the surface. A good concrete job should keep the fracking fluids from getting into the drinking water sands, but then it's a little difficult to stick your head down there and look.

    Currently the hydraulic fracturing companies are backed up some six to eight weeks. This allows enough time, even after drilling the oil or gas well, to get your water tested before the hydrofracturing process takes place.

    Protect your water, your family and yourself. Get your water tested. Call B-Environmental in Victoria and ask about "Farm and Ranch Test" and also "Volatile Organics". These tests aren't very expensive but very well worth the cost.

    June 5, 2011 at 9:25 a.m.
  • Heard there were 31 new millionares in Dewitt county last month.

    June 5, 2011 at 1:36 a.m.
  • I have land in Dewitt county, come lease it.

    June 4, 2011 at 7:22 p.m.
  • This link was sent to me by a person who works for EPA.

    June 4, 2011 at 8:06 a.m.
  • Your right. Let's go back to the horse and buggy, and kill the golden goose!

    June 3, 2011 at 3:18 p.m.
  • Railroad Commission?

    I'm glad you brought that up. A person I know in DeWitt County had his water well suddenly smell like diesel fuel and stayed like that for months. He had RRC come out and test it, they said there was nothing in it. He had the water tested himself. There were eight compounds of benzene in his water. RRC then told him that these compounds of benzene are not toxic. (There is no such thing as non-toxic benzene) He drilled a new well at his own expense.

    June 3, 2011 at 2:29 p.m.
  • The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission is a division of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. Think Texas Railroad Commission.

    June 3, 2011 at 10:08 a.m.
  • "However, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which tested Markham's water in 2008, there were "no indications of oil & gas related impacts to water well."

    Well, of course not! That commission is funded by oil industry!

    Come on, man. Wake up. That family hasn't been living with flammable water for years and not said anything. Something happened to their water, and suddenly.

    There's some kind of hush word going around about something similar in Arneckeville towards Cuero on 236.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:36 p.m.
  • GasLand!
    In the film's signature moment Mike Markham, a landowner, ignites his tap water. The film leaves the viewer with the false impression that the flaming tap water is a result of natural gas drilling. However, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, which tested Markham's water in 2008, there were "no indications of oil & gas related impacts to water well." Instead the investigation found that the methane was "biogenic" in nature, meaning it was naturally occurring and that his water well was drilled into a natural gas pocket.

    June 2, 2011 at 5:54 p.m.
  • markkrueger

    Great info,hopefully landowners will do their homework as you obviously have...Again,I 'm not for or against fracking but if the Texas law that makes them identify the chemicals they are using passes;it will relieve the minds of the skeptics...Nothing wrong with proceeding with caution....The landowners and the oil companies will not wait for that new EPA report next year ,so all we can do is hope for the best.

    I sincerely hope that fracking is not the best option we have.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:56 p.m.
  • Mike, that's fine and dandy but the result from government agencies which oversee these types of things will probably be..."and? What do you want me to do about it? Our budget just got cut in half!"

    I've seen and have possession of an oilfield training manual, so to speak, regarding "getting that lease signed". In this exerpt, specific instructions are given to avoid the subject of "slick water" fracturing. In other words, it can be done without a lot of these chemicals but it is not as effecient. It goes on to say that most landowners do not know the difference, so avoid it if possible and also that a conditional lease may be signed excluding "slick water" in the hydraulic fracturing process if necessary. It then states that the lease may be renegotiated later (by tantalizing the landowner with more money) to use "slick water" in the fracturing process.

    I do agree with rollinstone that natural gas blows coal to pieces, no pun intended, but how much, how fast and at what expense must be considered. Mr. Cheney opened the gates to a stampede of uncontrolled and sometimes uncontrollable money mongers.

    Gas well drilling on steroids. It all gets down to the operators and if they can limit themselves. The water wells they drill are not regulated, for example. They can drill properly (as we are required to as individuals) for water, or they can just dig a hole and draw from any and all water sands, drawing as much water as needed. Hopefully they drill very deep and use brine water or at least very deep water, but they don't have to. They have the option.

    I agree that once an aquifer is pretty much destroyed or depleted that it can't really be repaired, but hopefuly most of the operators have some sort of conscience. They have the option of doing it correctly.

    I was at a Speedy Stop the other day when this crippled guy on crutches asked me to give him a ride to Christ's Kitchen so he could eat. I asked him where it was since I had never been there. I was headed in the opposite direction but ...yeah, I gave him a ride. Sometimes we think we have it so bad, but we don't.

    It does make us think of what we do have and appreciate these things, like food, shelter and....water? What will the water be like in 20 years around here?

    Hopefully, an operator or two will think the same way.

    June 2, 2011 at 3:31 p.m.
  • Markkruegar,I agree denial and rationalization won't fix it but let's lift up the hood and kick the tires, before we give our blessing.....We breathe the same air and drink the same water...Oops ,I'm sorry or I told you so,is not a substitute for a good sound study.

    Environmental Protection Agency insiders charge that a 2004 agency study of fracking, which found that the practice posed little threat to drinking water, was seriously flawed as a result of pressure from the Bush administration and industry. The EPA is working on a new study due next year.

    Complicating efforts to understand the impact of fracking is that there is no federal rule forcing oil companies to disclose what chemicals they're using. So states — including California — are taking action.

    A new law proposed by a Republican member of the Texas House would force natural gas drillers to disclose all chemicals used during the hydraulic fracturing process known as fracking. As Texas is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, fracking opponents are hailing the bill as one that could revolutionize the industry, which has fought hard to keep details of the process confidential.
    The bill, introduced by State Representative Jim Keffer--also the head of the Texas House Committee on Energy Resources--would create a website on which drillers would be required to post all information about the chemical usage of their wells. According to the Texas Tribune, the measure has already won the praise of environmental groups like the Sierra Club, the Texas League of Conservation Voters and the Environmental Defense Fund.

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005 created a loophole exempting companies involved in fracking operations from the standard chemical disclosures required under federal clean water laws. It's commonly known as the Halliburton loophole, since former Halliburton CEO Dick Cheney was reportedly instrumental in its passage.

    June 2, 2011 at 1:45 p.m.
  • The New York Times article raises the issue about the disposal of fracking liquids - not about the process of fracking. Practically anyone would have to agree that the improper disposal of a waste water is a problem. But I find it curious that EPA hasn't been very concerned or more involved - it sounds like another overblown environmental scare tactic....whatever.

    Most of the time contaminated mining waste water is deep well injected and not sent through a sewage treatment plant. Even so high radiation levels in drinking water is monitored and that would set off many alarms. That apparently hasn't been a problem. We need to insure that this energy source is not abandoned because of trumped up charges about its safety. Fracked gas has the potential to provide us with a clean, efficient energy source for 100 years. Otherwise we are going to be stuck with coal forever and its inherent environmental problems.

    June 2, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
  • "EPA has also found other contaminants including benzene, which can cause cancer, in their drinking water."

    That's straight off EPA's website, first paragraph, regarding the water well contamination in Ft. Worth.

    Of course one would hope for the best, but this would rely upon the operators. Denial and rationalization won't fix it.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:32 a.m.
  • "Hydrofracking, a well can produce over a million gallons of wastewater that is often laced with highly corrosive salts, carcinogens like benzene and radioactive elements like radium, all of which can occur naturally thousands of feet underground. Other carcinogenic materials can be added to the wastewater by the chemicals used in the hydrofracking itself.

    While the existence of the toxic wastes has been reported, thousands of internal documents obtained by The New York Times from the Environmental Protection Agency, state regulators and drillers show that the dangers to the environment and health are greater than previously understood.

    The documents reveal that the wastewater, which is sometimes hauled to sewage plants not designed to treat it and then discharged into rivers that supply drinking water, contains radioactivity at levels higher than previously known, and far higher than the level that federal regulators say is safe for these treatment plants to handle.

    E.P.A. has not intervened. In fact, federal and state regulators are allowing most sewage treatment plants that accept drilling waste not to test for radioactivity. And most drinking-water intake plants downstream from those sewage treatment plants in Pennsylvania, with the blessing of regulators, have not tested for radioactivity since before 2006, even though the drilling boom began in 2008.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:28 a.m.
  • They have found methane in ground water - what a surprise! Any organic matter in an oxygen free environment will undergo anaerobic decomposition and produce methane.

    In all the samples taken of ground water in these studies they have not found any of the fracking chemicals used in the process - the EPA has found no evidence of any contamination of groundwater from fracking!

    Yeah I know you can't trust the EPA when they give you an answer you don't like.

    June 2, 2011 at 11:03 a.m.
  • Thanks to zumthru for posting that link. Nothing could be more clear.

    I hadn't actually seen "Gasland", so I boomed it up on YouTube. Lo and behold, toward the end, is none other than Dr. Al Armandariz explaining extremely high emissons in the Ft. Worth area coming from the oil and gas industry.

    Dr. Armandariz was appointed by President Obama recently as Director of EPA Region 6 in Dallas. I can't help but wonder if Mr. Obama knew of Dr. Armandariz' stance and willingness to be a part of "Gasland" when considering him for the position.

    I expect that EPA will be overwhelmed with complaints regarding water well contamination among other things in the near future, but what about these budget cuts? At least Dr. Armandariz stands firm in his role, to PROTECT the environment from unruly industry.

    I also find it a bit ironic, but not unexpected, that EPA Region 6 jumped right in the face of Rangeland Resources in the Ft. Worth area. After all, they're right in Dr. Armandariz' back yard...literally.

    I guess it all has to start somewhere, might as well be close to home.

    June 2, 2011 at 9:24 a.m.
  • The people babbling about fracing are only hatin' because they don't have any land and no money comming in.

    May 31, 2011 at 11:09 p.m.
  • My, my. "Gasland. . .a fraud". Where have you been? Flaming faucets a fraud? Check out the link to the EPA's letter to Rangeland Resources about the dangerous level of methane they found in many people's homes after their fracking activity in the Ft. Worth area:

    Denial can be dangerous to your health. Facing the truth means you have a chance to make sure you and your family are safe, and that the money you make won't have to be spent on cancer treatments and funerals.

    May 31, 2011 at 8:30 p.m.
  • Agree with marie0907... I know of a women that gets big checks monthly and she just collects Junk, buys and fills old building with junk , buys property and fills barns with more junk! It's amazing what people do with their money! But it is America the free!

    May 29, 2011 at 1:50 p.m.
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    May 28, 2011 at 3:17 p.m.
  • We have a client in the Westhoff area with two water wells. TDS is low in the 400ppm range, a little iron and iron bacteria which was easily resolved. Very good overall water quality.

    Two new oil wells are approaching completion only feet away from these water wells. Hydraulic fracturing is scheduled in approximately six weeks.

    We're very curious to see what effect, if any, the hydrofracking will have on the two exisiting water wells.

    May 28, 2011 at 12:32 p.m.
  • According to each hydrofrac well uses about four million (4,000,000) gallons of water. We'll see what happens.

    What's in that "secret sauce" anyway? Hope it stays down deep.

    What's with the gas blowout in Arneckeville? Five new monitor wells? One neighbor's water well is vented and expelling methane gas? Pshhhhhhhhhh...Do NOT light that cigarette!

    It could be done correctly. The question is...will it?

    Familyman, I also heard of some old guy in Yorktown driving around in a 1985 C-10 with a couple of checks on his dashboard...not small ones $600,000 each? Story is that his bank won't insure any more deposits.

    May 28, 2011 at 11:59 a.m.
  • The Gasland documentary was a complete fraud. Should have been named the Gasbag documentary!

    May 27, 2011 at 4:41 p.m.
  • People are so stupid you hear $$$ and you dont care about anything else...Do some research as to what hydraulic fracturing is. Go to youtube and look up Gasland Documentary. They say they want to form good relationships with community members yea right!!!

    May 27, 2011 at 3:33 p.m.
  • Bring it!

    May 27, 2011 at 8:45 a.m.
  • There are people that own land in the are that are going to become RICH in the next few years. I have heard that Wells Fargo had to build a bank in Karnes county because the local banks could not handle the flow of income. One lady was depositing over $800K every month into her account. And that was just her royalties. Get ready DeWitt county you are in for the ride of your lives!!! Enjoy it while it lasts and save your money don't blow it.

    May 27, 2011 at 6:06 a.m.