This is Terry Greenwood. He is one of many in Pennsylvania affected by negligent fracking practices. Terry makes a living by raising and selling cattle. In recent years, his business has declined because his animals are getting sick. The company working on Terry’s property did not regulate water management practices to help keep his animal’s drinking water safe. Terry pays around $800 a year for water now. He has lost acreage on his farm due to spillage, roads, and trash from the company.
You can read about Terry’s story and others here: http://www.environmentamericacenter.org/sites/environment/files/reports/ShalefieldStoriesnp_0.pdf
This post takes a look at the workers on site at Terry’s farm (Disclaimer: I am not an expert on putting wastewater into storage pits. Google told me some things, but this is less about the technicality of the process that the conversation that occurs as a result)
Sean: 4:45! Just fifteen more minutes til we can get out of here. Is there anything we need to finish up before we go?
Mike: We have to get this flowback into the pit before we can go. We’re going to start drilling soon and we can’t have the water sitting in there for too long. It’s already been in there a while.
Sean: Yeah…the property owner keeps coming down and telling us there’s something wrong with the water in his house. And he keeps trying to tell John about how his cattle is getting sick.
Mike: You think the frack water did that?
Sean: Who knows…I just work the well. They don’t tell us the results of any tests done on the water around here. I hope the guy is alright. Let’s get this water into the waste pit.
[Sean and Mike hastily attach the hose from the well and walk it over to the pit, where some fracking fluid already sits in a plastic lined hole dug into land formerly used for cattle grazing]
Mike: Alright, let’s get this done. I want to get home!
Sean: Is the hose in place?
Mike: Uh yeah, I think so. Just turn it on.
[Fracking flowback fluid flows into the pond]
Mike: There a leak! Check it out…there’s definitely water coming out of the hose over there.
Sean: Yeah, that’s been happening for a couple of weeks now. Management keeps saying a new one is coming soon.
Mike: Should we tape it up or something?
Sean: Do you want to touch that stuff?? Besides, most of it is getting into the pit. It’ll be fine!
Mike: True. Let’s just get this finished up and get out of here.
Sean: I’ll talk to management on Monday and hopefully they’ll do something about it. For now, I’m going to go home and see my family.