8 Things The Natural Gas Companies Don’t Want You to Know
1. Horizontal Drilling is NOT an environmentally safe
This kind of drilling has been going on for years in other states around the country, including Colorado, Wyoming, New Mexico, Alabama, and Texas. Each state has documented evidence of serious environmental impacts, including groundwater contamination, from horizontal drilling practices.
2. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking), the process by which huge quantities of water, sand, and chemicals are used to “stimulate” gas production in a well, can involve the use of a number of cancer-causing substances
and reproductive toxins.
Chemicals like benzene, toluene, naphthalene, and xylene can be present in fracking fluid. Fracking fluid CANNOT be completely removed from the well and can end up contaminating drinking water – yours, your neighbor’s, and even the town’s.
3. Fracking fluid is currently exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act and Community Right-to-Know Laws, as a result of industry lobbying.
The gas industry, under current law, does not have to tell landowners or government officials what chemicals are contained in fracking fluid. Even though research has indicated that very dangerous chemicals are found in fracking fluid, the industry maintains that the formulas are “trade secrets.”
- https://www.policyarchive.org/bitstreamihandle/l0207 /2407/RL32873_20050506.pdf?sequence=1
4. Water that comes out of drilling sites is considered
In spite of this, drillers have been known to store this water in pits on the landowner’s
property. Even if these pits are lined, the water can contaminate soil and drinking water. Animals, including pets, livestock, and wildlife, can die from drinking it. It also gives off dangerous fumes.
5. The natural gas companies are making plans to ship our natural gas overseas, where they can make a larger profit.
So if we gamble our water, land, and air quality, we are unlikely to benefit from lower energy costs. They are planning to exploit our area for their own gain.
- Transcript of Chesapeake Energy investor update, http://seekingalpha.com/article/88789-chesapeake-energy-corp-q2- 2008-earnings-call-transcript?page=7
6. You have rights.
Clean water and air are basic human rights.
7. So does your neighbor.
Protect your neighbor’s water, land, and health
as you would your own. Remember, this is the person who helped you during the
8. Worried? You’re not alone.
Many other people in town - and the entire Southern Tier – are very concerned about what could happen to our area as a result of natural gas drilling. If we band together, we can make ourselves heard. Learn all you can. Talk to your neighbors. Fight for home.