Water tests show wells in Northeastern Pennsylvania Township of Dimock are contaminated with toxic chemicals. These chemicals may be directly linked to fracking.
It has been confirmed that ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and toluene were present in her water.
The contaminated wells are in the Marcellus shale formation which lies beneath parts of Pennsylvania, New York, West Virginia and Ohio. These natural gas reserves have gas companies screaming ‘Drill, Drill, Drill Baby!’
The well tests were verified by three certified laboratories. Residents stated that their wells were fine prior to fracking taking place.
In 2008, Farnham was contracted by Cabot Oil and Gas Corporation to perform pre-drilling tests on numerous wells in Susquehanna County.
Ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and toluene are on the list posted on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s website of chemicals used by hydraulic fracturing companies in the state. Most of the ingredients used in the chemicals remain a ‘trade secret.’.
The Department of Environmental Protection is now conducting their own water tests across Dimock. Department water tests in April across Dimock for ethylene glycol and propylene glycol were negative.
On Friday, the Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger plans to make a “major announcement” regarding water supplies in Dimock at the end of September.
The Environmental Protection Agency concluded its final hydraulic fracturing hearing on Wednesday in Binghamton. The EPA plans to begin a study in January and release initial results by late 2012.
During the process of fracking drillers pump large amounts of water mixed with sand and chemicals into the shale formation thousands of feet underground under high pressure. Fracturing the shale around the well then allows the natural gas to flow freely.