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Mining With Frack Sand, Is It Safe ?
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Mining With Frack Sand, Is It Safe ?

I am currently living in a very interesting place when it comes to mining with frack sand. The sand is everywhere around here and mines are popping up left and right. While I am all for free enterprise and the likes, I am not sure this is a very good idea without some serious research, considering the state of our ground water today.

I am sure the companies will practice frack sand mining safety, I wonder if this is enough.

Let me give you an example.

I read an interesting article this morning about mining with frack sand and I want to share with you some of my concerns about how we may be opening up our water supply to more man made contamination.

Seems that over in Leroy Township, Pennsylvania a couple named Mike and Nancy Leighton received a phone call from a neighbor asking them to check their well. As he went outside to check his well he noticed that it was bubbling over, which was very strange since it usually had a 80 to 100 foot headway between the top of the well and the water level.

His well had been filled with Methane gas that was being driven out of the ground by a local hydraulic fracturing, or fracking operation. There were cases all over the county of contaminated wells and mysterious fires popping up in water puddles. Other wells in the county had gone dry, and when the water started filling up again it was black as coal.

Now there are a few theories about how this is happening, but most people have agreed it is really a leak in a local Natural Gas well. The mining is creating a Methane gas elevator so to speak out of the natural gas well and driving it into the local water supply, thus creating the contamination.

Whatever the cause, it is not going over well with the people in Leroy County and I bet it would not go over very well just about anyplace. Hopefully this will open a few eyes about how easy it is to inadvertently contaminate the very thing that brings us life. With a bit of research and a bit of slowing down, we could avoid a major mistake that might not be reversible.

While the mining company is taking this very seriously, I still feel with all the new mines around here there is still so much to learn about this practice before diving right into it head first.

The company paying for and filtering the water. Hopefully this can be avoided in the future by practicing a little bit of care with our water supply.

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Between the attacks on the coal industry and those on fracing in oil and gas drilling, I don't know which will destroy the most jobs. West Virginia had a real boom going until a few environmentalists started the ball rolling. Now the companies are moving to Ohio where they got the Red Carpet treatment and all the jobs too. I guess we probably should jusst rely on foreign oil imports and hope the Saudis and OPEC don't cut us off. Most of the areas that are having problems with the frac are areas that were previously mined and so the mining companies waste is causing problems with the oil and gas drilling.

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  about 9 years ago

Very good points Debbie! People around here just do not like change, they are set on farm land staying farm land.

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  about 9 years ago

Nothing is straight forward when the BIG money is involved.

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  about 9 years ago

Seems that way doesn't it?

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  about 9 years ago

Excellent article shawn, whenever there is a huge profit to be made, the public suffers.

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  about 9 years ago

SO true Alfred

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  about 9 years ago

a very informative article. continue informing the world Thank you

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  about 9 years ago

Thanks Geoffrey

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  about 9 years ago

The problem is that industry, technology, science and commerce field test their products and practices on the public and the environment. That keeps the cost of research and development down and places the corrections, once detected upon the backs of the public. Like you said some problems at then fond to be irreversible.

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  about 9 years ago

It is a very big thing around here right now and they are passing laws left and right trying to keep up with the Industry

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  about 9 years ago
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