Note white DOTS are drilling pad sites
Today I learned at a watershed steward workshop that Texas’ biggest water problem is bacteria…when we frack, we inject water in the earth and start a bacteria festering festode of growth that require dosing of biocides….its no wonder microbes have taken hold in our drinking water and in response (to treating organics in the water), we dose them with chlorine or chloramines.
The EPA/TCEQ says we can only drink so much of the nasty, carcinogenic byproducts called Total Trihalomethanes which are the unwanted byproducts of disinfecting polluted water.
TTHM has no federal guideline for a margin of safety in a MCLG. Maximum Contaminant Level Goal assures us that below a certain level there is no known or expected risk to health.
“Trihalomethanes aren’t found in drilling wastewater, but there can be a link. The waste stream often contains bromide, a salt, which reacts with chlorine disinfectants used by drinking water systems to kill microbes. That interaction creates trihalomethanes.
The EPA says people who drink water with elevated levels of trihalomethanes for many years have an increased risk of getting cancer and could also develop problems of the liver, kidney or central nervous system”.
In January 2016 I reported that in 2009 Arlington TX had a spike where TTHM’s went as high as 26 ppb. While still under the 80 ppb MCL (maximum containment level), this was a dramatic departure from the second highest max of 16.3 ppb in 2010.
The good news for 2009 was that the average was 14.7 ppb, so the spike did not persist the whole year, but the overall range in TTHM’s have almost TRIPLED since we embraced Urban Drilling.
Note *Ft Worth’s TTHM’s have been chronically averaging about 45 ppb and have finally started dropping in 2012 which correlates to the reduced drilling in the Barnett Shale.
——————-how did I learn about this letter of TTHM violation? well a FB friend asked for a prayer and solidarity post for a friend whose child has undergone chemo/radiation (like my husband did) and that the child was dying…so I wanted to see the “Allison Community” being referenced in the post and here is what I found in Allison TexASS… a whole bunch of frackwells!
There is also a TTHM problem(video) in Maynard Massachusetts, yet there are no drill sites there. They think the bromide ions were to blame….I have blogged about bromide in drilling mud and how it turns to bromate and how bromate showed up in Arlington’s water reports.