Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Feds Warn Residents Near Wyoming Gas Drilling Sites Not to Drink Their Water

We put a man on the moon in shorter time than the EPA can determine the cause of the contaminants in the ground and well water in Pavillion, WY. Just what is the delay in determining the link to gas well drilling and hydraulic fracturing and Pavillion's polluted water?

Could it be the conflict of interest our government plays with corporate oil companies? The loss of revenue if the EPA was actually permitted to put humans and ecosystems above industrial development?

Could acknowledging and addressing human rights over jobs and profit be such a gigantic step for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)? Orwellian, perhaps. Certainly one small step for mankind was made going to the moon....perhaps we can witness one small step for mankind by connecting the dots in Pavillion with some haste and moral responsibility on the part of the EPA and our federal and state leaders.

It would be refreshing to see small,local, renewable energy development such as solar begin to be promoted so that our natural gas and oil dependency could be curbed. Jimmy Carter put in place solar tax credits that created new businesses and installations across the county. His leadership showed it could be done!

Drilling Mora County

By Abrahm Lustgarten

The federal government is warning residents in a small Wyoming town with extensive natural gas development not to drink their water, and to use fans and ventilation when showering or washing clothes in order to avoid the risk of an explosion.

The announcement accompanied results from a second round of testing and analysis in the town of Pavillion by Superfund investigators for the Environmental Protection Agency. Researchers found benzene, metals, naphthalene, phenols and methane in wells and in groundwater. They also confirmed the presence of other compounds that they had tentatively identified last summer and that may be linked to drilling activities...continued...