If you don’t have time to read all this, the take away here is that TEX WELLS found it (strontium) in high amounts in ground water wells near gas wells…Grand Prairie has the highest amount of the cities I compared them to- Grand Prairie uses ground water wells in the summer…Atlanta Georgia has the lowest Strontium in comparison…note… Georgia is the only state in the sunbelt NOT fracking.
ALERT-ALARM-July 2014 UPDATE… This Canadian report http://brokenground.ca/mentions Strontium…
“They then began to notice dead spots in the grass where cows had urinated.
Soil samples showed higher levels of strontium, a naturally occurring element usually trapped deep underground, elevated levels of chlorine and hydrochloric acid, commonly used in the fracking process — the first clue that fracking may have contaminated their groundwater.
Due to an EPA UCMR3 federal mandate most large cities have to test for one full year (between Jan 2014 through December 2015) for chemicals/hormones/viruses that maybe we “should be regulating”.
Since my family drinks Arlington water and I saw that Strontium was detected, I’d like to compare our Barnett Shale exposed drinking water to those cities not exposed to shale drilling. It turns out that Arlington Gasland Texas has almost nine times more Strontium than non drilling Atlanta does…
Here is the Work In Progress on Strontium….
Frack Free Atlanta Georgia 30 ppb
Fracked Arlington has detected 255 ppb, (8.5 x’s more than Atlanta)
Fracked Ft Worth 330 ppb, (11 x’s more than Atlanta)
Fracked Burleson 277 ppb, and (9 x’s more than Atlanta)
Fracked Grand Prairie’s highest detect was 450 ppb. (15 x’s more than Atlanta)
Fracked Azle did their UCMR3 testing and did NOT have a Strontium detect, but the unique thing about Azle water is that their water is solely sourced from Eagle Mountain Lake.
Dallas & Fracked Denton started their one year testing in January 2014 & April 2014 respectively. Their results will not be presented until probably 2016. Denton sources from just two lakes, Lewisville and Ray Roberts. Dallas also sources from these two lakes in addition to many other sources called Elm Fork of the Trinity, Grapevine, Tawakoni, Ray Hubbard, and Fork. It will be interesting to see if Denton will have higher Strontium than Dallas water since Dallas has so many water sources to average into. Do I have to wait til 2016?
The cities that I looked at that have Strontium detects (Arlington, Ft Worth, & Burleson) DO NOT source from same places that Dallas & Denton get their water except for Grand Prairie.
In addition to Grand Prairie using DFW water sources, they also pull water from GROUND WATER WELLS in the summer*. That is why I think their Strontium is higher than fracked Arlington, Ft Worth, & Burleson (Burleson has a 4 ppb Arsenic that is extremely troubling). I met a young mother from Burleson who had been operated on for kidney cancer..jus’ sayn’.
This is not the first time Strontium has showed up in the Barnett Shale, the UTA led Tex Wells group found it too, here is what they said…..
“Strontium was also found in almost all the samples, with concentrations significantly higher than historical levels in the areas of active gas extraction. A toxicological profile by the federal government’s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry recommends no more than 4,000 micrograms of strontium per liter in drinking water. Seventeen samples from the active extraction area and one from the non-active areas exceeded that recommended limit. Exposure to high levels of stable strontium can result in impaired bone growth in children, according to the toxic substances agency.”
*….“During most summers, the city (of Grand Prairie) has to turn on its groundwater wells to keep up with the demand brought about by warm weather. These wells typically service the areas of town that are within a 1–2 mile radius.” …..”Grand Prairie uses up to 10 ground water wells, mainly during the summer to meet demand. The wells have an average depth of 2,000 feet and are pumped from the Trinity”
Was Strontium present BEFORE our Barnett Shale drilling era?
Even though the Strontium levels did not exceed the recommended ATSDR Maximum Contaminate Level Goal of 4000 parts per billion, we do not know what the multiple, cummulative effect of all these (legal amounts of) poisons in our water collectively do to our bodies and endocrine system.
Ft Worth also detected two more pollutants in their drinking water that Tex Wells uncovered in the water wells which is Arsenic and Selenium…
Below is the 2013 City of Arlington TX Table B of Unregulated Substances. The bottom five substances were added to this list due to being detected….if you want to know more about Vanadium, click here.
Ft Worth at least described what substances that were and were not detected on the UCMR3 mandate. Arlington mentioned the mandate but didn’t identify the five (new) added items to the Part B list.
Per the Lake Arlington Master Plan of 2011…. (note my comments in paranthesis) “Much of the water that is stored in Lake Arlington originates from the land area that drains (piped rather?) downstream into the Lake. A significant portion of the drinking water that the citizens of Arlington receive from the Water Utilities Department ultimately comes from springs, stormwater runoff and tributaries within the Village Creek watershed that drains into Lake Arlington. Figure 2.4-1 is a map of the Village Creek watershed and Lake Arlington. The watershed is approximately 143-square miles in size, however the impacts of activity immediately around the reservoir (like fracking?…its OK to say it) must also be considered. While the east side of the reservoir is located within the city limits of Arlington, the west side is predominantly within the City of Fort Worth.”
pg 27...”Both cities (Ft Worth/Arlington) worked with gas well drillers to improve the aesthetics (wtf?) of the drilling areas and lay the groundwork for future use of the properties for potential trails and recreation facilities.”
pg 234 “Based on the BMPs (and a past fracking related spill) and potential enhancements recommended in the Master Plan, the cities of Arlington and Fort Worth should develop amended permit requirements for future gas drilling activities within the API.”
Stick a fork in me I’m done…oh at a first glance of Arlington’s Consumer Confidence Report, I called our lab dept to ask why the Barium 2012 & 2013 results were different if the last test date was in 2012 and they said I found a typo, that it should read “(2013)”. Arlington elected to test for Barium in 2013 even though the state said we didn’t have too test every year and could just carry over the 2012 results. Prior to that Barium was last tested in 2002, so the mandate is to test every six years.
Since our radionuclides have 2005 and 2011 data, that means we won’t know what radioactive related changes to our water is until after the next test mandate in…2017? But what about all that radioactive drilling mud and flowback and truck fracking traffic spillage here in the Barnett Shale?
I also saw that Arlington’s floride went up 24%.
Arlington’s atrazine (the sex change queen) went up 154%, but who cares really? In speaking with a city of Arlington lab person, I told them I had an issue with them testing for Atrazine at the wrong time and then averaging it and their response was a joke…(I hope?)….”yeah test once a year in the middle of winter”….now I have to do another Atrazine PIR…oh fun.
The conversation went from an acknowledgement that formaldehyde isn’t screened for and is a tricky one to test…then I started in on how my son will be going to an endocrinologist next week to get more info on why he has adrenal tumor biomarkers in his blood and urine…gee could it be that we live in Arlington gasland Texas?
Perspective please….Ft Worths water is worse than Arlington’s…but they have been drilling longer…gee thats comforting.
So if you want to grab the bull by the horns and look at the raw data in depth at the state level, please go to the TCEQ Drinking Water Watch and note that Arlington’s ID is TX2200001.
I fear that Arlington is over disinfecting their water for taste purposes over health. I wish someone from the water dept would say that isn’t so…but bragging rights trump health as long as we can say we have the best tasting water? This link shows my concern for our use or should I say overuse? of Chloramine.
I wonder how much Arsenic we started with before all that filtering? Well in a USGS report from decades ago, Arsenic as a trace element did have a maximum of 9 micrograms per liter (9 ug/L or 9 ppb) and an average of 2 micrograms per liter (2ppb) on page 17. They said though that most of those trace elements were staying in the sediment.
But hey this blog is supposed to be about Strontium…to recap on Strontium….TEX WELLS found it in high amounts in ground water wells near gas wells…Grand Prairie has the highest amount of the cities I compared them to- Grand Prairie uses ground water wells in the summer…Atlanta Georgia has the lowest Strontium in comparison…note… Georgia is the only state in the sunbelt NOT fracking.