Toxic water, vomiting children living near fracking operation by Tracy Fernandez Rysavy, July 11, 2014, Sky Valley Chronicle
A few years ago, Tammy Manning and her family moved to Franklin Forks, Pennsylvania, 10 miles from the New York state border. Unbeknownst to her, energy companies had started ramping up natural gas drilling operations near her home. When WPX Energy opened up two fracking wells near her property, Tammy noticed that something was very wrong in her household.
Manning soon noticed that her granddaughter was waking up several times a week vomiting. Suspecting contamination from fracking might be the cause, she called state investigators. They found toxic heavy metals and methane in the family’s drinking water and the state asked WPX to install a clean water tank on the Manning’s property.
In the spring of 2013, the state concluded that “at this time,” its investigation “does not indicate that natural gas drilling impacted (the family’s) water supply.” The Mannings, however, aren’t convinced, noting that their water quality became toxic “all at once,” shortly after WPX dug the nearby fracking wells.
The fracking company decided last year it wanted the tank back and obtained a court order to seize it.
“This is our water we’re talking about,” Tammy Manning told the organization Environment America. “This is what fracking is doing to us and our communities.”
What’s happening to families like the Mannings makes Dominion’s plans for a new $4 billion liquefied natural gas plant and export terminal in Cove Point, Maryland terrifying.
The Cove Point facility would convert natural gas to liquid form, known as LNG. The only reason to liquefy natural gas is to prepare it for export.
The federal and state governments have already approved many aspects of the Cove Point project, but a few hurdles remain.
If it goes forward, the number of fracking wells in the surrounding area will skyrocket.
That would mean more chemicals in our water. More poisoned wells. More sick families.
And while energy companies like Dominion stand to reap big profits from such a move, the public would bear the fallout.
Plus fracking exacerbates the climate crisis. The primary component of natural gas is methane, which is a 105 times more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Cornell University researchers found in 2011 that fracking wells leak twice as much methane over their lifetimes as conventional natural gas production sites. Fracked gas even contributes more to global warming than coal, the researchers concluded.
WPX ultimately relented and let the Mannings keep their water tank after activists and a group of investors led by Green Century Funds drew attention to the situation. [No such luck for families harmed by fracing in Canada] How many more families must experience the dangerous effects of fracking firsthand before this practice stops its meteoric rise? [Emphasis added]
[Refer also to:
July 10, 2014: Compendium of scientific, medical, and media findings demonstrating risks and harms of fracking (unconventional gas and oil extraction)
Alberta Energy Regulator should be ashamed, AER Directive 60 Deregulation as the frac poisons ramp up
100% industry funded Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) denies Albertans their right to speak, just as the 67% industry funded ERCB denied directly and adversely affected landowners their right to speak and violated Charter rights
Slides above from Diana Daunheimer speaking presentations
Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. 70% hydrocarbon carrier fluid frac January 3, 2013 near Diana Daunheimer’s home, from fracfocus.ca (removed from fracfocus on July 4, 2014. After Ms. Daunheimer asked why it was removed – without getting an answer, the record was put back on July 11, 2014, but not searchable under Bellatrix – previously Angle Energy)
The Daunheimers near Didsbury, suing Angle Energy (changed to Bellatrix) for $13 million for causing harm to health, property, financial status, personal safety and water
December 17, 2013: Water Buffalo Battle Comes to an end for two homes in Franklin Forks, Pa, with methane contaminated water after fracturing by WPX Energy
Slide above by Larysa Dyrszka MD, September 2013 ]