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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Standing in the Shower Thinking...

Posted By on Tue, Oct 28, 2008 at 10:03 AM

From contributor Rod Bryan:

When water is committed to a class 2 injection well, it is taken off the human radar. It is water that has been abandoned and cannot be reclaimed. Currently no agency in Arkansas is prepared to tell us the amount of water going into these wells. We've heard that the Arkansas Natural Resource Commission is "in the process" but shouldn't this have been in place well before the Fayetteville Shale rush of 2007-2008? Also, has anyone considered an alternate rehab of this water so that it might remain available for human use? Remember the guy who invented the Segway and that engine he made that distilled water from the East River?

It has come to our attention that various state agencies have memorandums of understanding regarding the complex inner workings of day-to-day operations. Is it not time to subject these memorandums to legislative and public review? We'd love to link to them right here right now. Couldn't we all sleep a bit better at night with a wee bit more transparency?

From 1997-2003, an average of 182 *reserve pit applications per year were made to the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality. In 2007 there were 1,024 such requests and in 2008, over 800 requests were submitted by mid-year.

This is on pace for a 900% increase!

Why was no money from the severance tax on natural gas delegated for this purpose? Federal funding to ADEQ has remained flat over the last several years. Perhaps now is the time to re-think the severance tax?

Earlier this year, the Oil and Gas Commission issued an order of cessation to a company that exceeded the pressure limit while drilling. This process is potentially disastrous if pipes burst from over pressurization. By law, we do not know the make up of the frac water that passes through these pipes. Can we imagine what it would be like to have unknown deadly contaminants in our groundwater? Perhaps we should consider mandating mechanical regulators that ensure no chance of human pressure errors?

Please consider, correct, and/or comment any and all of these observations in the comments below.

*Number One Google Ranking for the term: "reserve pit application" --dubious honor...

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