The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is ordering a natural gas company in Fort Worth to take immediate action to protect people living near one of its drilling operations who have complained about flammable drinking water coming out of their home faucets.
Read some of our earlier blogs about the process that is suspected of causing these kinds of problems:
- Dallas town hall meeting focused on Railroad Commission
- “60” Minutes Report on Fracking
- Even CSI is concerned about “Fracking”
Read other recent posts about our regulatory agencies’ failure to adequately insure the safety of Texan’s drinking water:
Natural gas drilling (or fracking) near homes in Parker County west of Fort Worth has caused or contributed to the contamination of at least two residential drinking water wells, and the EPA has confirmed that extremely high levels of methane in local water supplies pose an “imminent and substantial risk of explosion or fire.” The agency also found other contaminants including benzene, which can cause cancer, in the drinking water.
The EPA has issued an imminent and substantial endangerment order under Section 1431 of the Safe Drinking Water Act and has ordered the company to step in immediately to stop the contamination, provide drinking water and provide methane gas monitors to the homeowners. EPA has given the company 24 hours to assure them that it will comply with the order and 48 hours to provide alternative water supplies to affected residents.
To see the EPA’s letter to the company, click here.
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