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EPA Warned Of Water Contamination From Hydraulic Fracking Back In 1987

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Thirty Year Old Study States Contaminated Well Water Is Irreversible


The recent NY court judges ruling that backs townspeople's right to ban hydraulic fracking by natural gas drilling companies will most likely have a downward trickle effect to states like West Virginia who are facing the booming new method of the natural gas exploration industry known as "fracking."


On February 24th, 2012 the NY judge sided with the citizens of Dryden that will prohibit the gas well drilling in their town even though state law allows it. Mahlon Perkins, Dryden's town attorney, says the case is not about fracking. "This case is about land-use authority," he told the Ithaca Journal. "It comes down to whether a municipality that has land-use authority, such as a village, city or town, can determine where heavy industrial uses are allowed or if they are allowed."

The Dryden case is merely the latest in a string of numerous health and safety issues arising from Colorado to Pennsylvania dealing with the methods of "hydraulic fracking" within the natural gas exploration industry.   Problems that the EPA outlined as far back as 1987.


Environmental And Health Hazards Related To Fracking Discovered In WV (1987)


The EPA warned Congress back in 1987 of its findings in tests conducted on the well water of James and Ruth Parsons of Ripley WV that led them (EPA) to declare that high levels of pollutants and contaminates were associated with the gas well that had been fracked within 600 feet of his well causing Parsons water to no longer be suitable for drinking.


The EPA claims that WV authorities knew as far back as 1984 when the department of mines performed water well inspections on the Parsons property due to the oil and gas well that was drilled in October 1982 by Delaware Company of Kaiser Exploration and Mining. The report states that the Kaiser gas well was "hydraulically fractured."

That 1984 report claims contamination problems in the water were "first noticed about a year and a half after the Kaiser gas well was hydrofracted and that from the outset, the state suspected that the nearby gas well was the cause of the water contamination problems."


A final report by the WV Department of Energy, Oil and Gas Division on August 7, 1985 states that an inspector went out to the Parsons water well 3 years after it was drilled and more than a year after the pollution was found. He found adequate cement strength in that well and adequate fresh water casing.

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