Drink water? Former Mobil VP Reasons UNconventional fracking not proven safe

Ellen Cantarow of Truthout interviewed Louis W. Allstadt, a former vice president of Mobil Oil. It was painfully obvious to me that he honorably gave up a tranquil, restful, retirement to “do the right thing” in working to educate us on how unproven safe unconventional fracking is. Here are some points I took away from the interview …

1) The industry cannot control with certainity how far (vertically) the fractures go out from these horizontal laterals. Allstadt said that one of the appendices of the draft SGEIS [New York Department of Conservation guidelines for the gas industry] that was issued in July 2011, was expunged. It was of the EPA study in a coal-mining area where “the fractures had progressed in unexpected patterns and at greater lengths than expected.” 

I read in YAHOO mail /Associated Press this morning …. “Seismic monitoring determined one hydraulic fracture traveled 1,800 feet out from the well bore; most traveled just a few hundred feet.”

…update this Associated Press water contamination study was later recanted as being incomplete and due out by year end of 2013.

2) Allstadt said that the volume of water for fracking and flowback is 50 to 100 times more than conventional fracking. It is no secret that injection wells handling the waste fluids from UNconventional fracking is linked to seismic events.  Here is another related statement by geophysicists from the University of California in Santa Cruz…..As operations expanded, so did the seismicity.

3) Allstadt said “The other [difference] is that the rock above the target zone is not necessarily impervious the way it was in the conventional wells.…there are already cases where the methane gas has made it up into the aquifers and atmosphere. Sometimes through old well bores, sometimes through natural fissures in the rock. What we don’t know is just how much gas is going to come up over time….. We’re opening up channels for the gas to creep up to the surface and into the atmosphere.”

4) Allstadt said that “And there are lots of good indications that plugging the well doesn’t really work long-term”  citing that the wells still have some pressure down there and that sooner or later the steel and cement degrades.

Only time will tell how chronic small quakes or one time “eventful sized” quakes will be to opening up new or expanding old faults causing unintended migration into our atmosphere and our ground water sources. Also the aging of cement and steel are risks for casing integrity on ALL types of wells such as natural gas, oil, disposal/injection and water wells. Any type of leaking wells can communicate with faults and make their way to our ground water sources AT ANY DEPTH. Contaminated ground water can eventually feed toxins to our municipal drinking water sources.

As usual, I will leave you with a letter I sent to our water department. I also copied our ARLINGTON City Council ….one day this blog and these letters will be proof that our city leaders approved drilling which was NOT in the interest of public health and safety.
—– Forwarded Message —–
From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
To: “buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov” <buzz.pishkur@arlingtontx.gov>; “darryl.westbrook@arlingtontx.gov” <darryl.westbrook@arlingtontx.gov>; “Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov” <Michael.Buettner@arlingtontx.gov>
Sent: Thursday, July 18, 2013 3:12 PM
Subject: about those drilling laterals under lake Arlington
Look at the last paragraph on the attached and have someone from the water department assure me that testing for BTEX, produced water, NORM etc.. is occurring.
About those drilling laterals under lake Arlington…the attached picture says that the odds are that it is always a possibility for holes to occur over time – What if these holes happen in the shallow shale which can get into our drinking water sources? How do we catch this immediately?


Please explain what we are specificly looking at for natural gas related contaminents that could be in our drinking water. Maybe we are not screening for them.
Kim Feil

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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