Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has been all over the news in recent months, leaving many wondering what exactly that means. Fracking is the process of releasing natural gas from underground rock formations by injecting a high pressure mixture of chemicals, water, and sand. Fracking is a hot topic in the news because the chemicals that are used during fracking as well as the escaping natural gas could be posing a health threat if they are contaminating underground water supplies and rivers.
There has been increased interest in fracking’s impact on water supplies by environmental agencies and scientists, leading to additional studies of the water surrounding drilling sites. The University of Texas at Arlington just released a study showing that well water taken from areas around fracking sites in Texas had elevated levels of dangerous chemicals like arsenic and selenium. It is important to note the researchers stated that this study alone could not conclusively pinpoint a cause. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has also noted elevated levels of dangerous contaminants in groundwater around fracking sites in Texas.
The argument is strengthening that further research is needed to find out what is causing the contamination: fracking or a natural event. To help ensure this research continues, concerned individuals need to write their district representative as well as their city’s mayor. Elected officials pay attention to the main concerns of their electorate, and they can help put pressure on the needed organizations or even provide funding to get the research done.
Regardless of the possible fracking contamination debate, it is important to make sure your water is always free from naturally occurring contaminants. Call us at (800)645-1350 and rest assured your water will always be safe for consumption.