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Re: “Landlord-tenant laws need change

I am glad to see this topic rising to the top. It is one the League of Women Voters of Washington County has considered an important program area with a legislative remedy. It will be the featured issue at the LWV of Arkansas state convention on April 18. A program and panel open to the public will be held in the courtroom of the University of Arkansas Law School. We hope to start a discussion that will lead to corrective legislative action. We will be approaching individuals well versed in this subject to participate on our panel.
Joyce Hale
League of Women Voters of Arkansas Team Leader

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Posted by environmental advocate on 01/31/2015 at 10:13 AM

Re: “USGS study finds no groundwater contamination from shale zone wells

The importance of this testing was to establish a baseline for well quality BEFORE the full extent of well development is underway. Individuals in other parts of the country who have tried to take action against companies for polluted wells have found little protection in court due to a lack of evidence regarding the well's pre-drilling condition. In some ways I was concerned that contamination would be found and that baseline testing had not gotten done early enough. It takes time for the migration of fluids to become a problem or for well casing to deteriorate (both production wells and injection wells).

The density of wells at this stage is not as great as it will be. As more are drilled at each well pad and as more waste injection wells are required, chances for cross contamination of fluids becomes a greater probability. That is not the time to be taking a first look at water quality to determine if the wells have had an influence.

Some states are now requiring that baseline test to be done by the companies before drilling. http://durangoherald.com/article/20130107/…
As usual the burden of proof is frequently on the damaged party. The sampling done in Van Buren county and others was a small effort to do what the drillers should do as a standard procedure. Arkansas's tests were paid for with donated funds rather than ask people, who could least afford this, to be out any expense.

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Posted by environmental advocate on 01/10/2013 at 4:36 PM


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