I am the out of state land owner that has 2h on Ratzel in Dimock. I was just informed the pipes broke on the well and is shutdown. I was also told that Cabot can't fix it until they clean up their act with the 'spills' at Heitzman.
Is this true that they aren't allowed to repair now? What does all his mean?
It means that not only did Cabot fail to provide Haz Mat information for their own employees, they also caused two toxic water spills in Dimock, one was 8,000 gallons of waste water . It means the pipes were not properly connected. Twenty wells poisoned and two toxic spills in less that one year is not the sign of a competent company. The chemicals going into the ground are carcinogenic; that means they cause cancer. So the DEP did their job that we as taxpayers pay for, and shut them down. Unless you are ok with having chemicals in your drinking water. You can read about it in all the newspapers or go to pennfutures.org for further information.
Correction: This story has been updated. A description of the spill provided in the story by Vincent Fronda actually referred to a Sept. 3 discharge near the Cabot well site in question. It was several hundred feet away and separate from the fracturing fluid spill that occurred last Wednesday. The photograph that accompanied the story, which was sent to ProPublica by a Dimock resident, was also of that earlier spill. Both the photo and the descriptive passage have been removed.
While the chemicals included in frac water are carcinogenic, so are many of the household cleaners in your home. Many of the contents of frac fluids are the same as the fluids you use to clean you bathroom, kitchen, etc. Think Formula 409, etc. So, please cease and desist your use of these carcinogenic fluids!
Lots of things will kill you in high quantities/concentrations. In small concentrations, they are harmless.
The chemicals in frac fluids represent less than 1% of most frac jobs. Of these chemicals, all but the polymer phase are fairly inert or have proven non-toxic in the concentrations used. Interestingly, the polymer phase should be very familiar to all of us surface dwellers; it's in most detergents (Dawn, you know, the oil spill cleanup detergent?). Certainly this doesn't dismiss sloppy controls, but Cabot has had a good reputation where I worked near them out west. Part of the reason things are a bit jerky in the Marcellus has to do with a lack of qualified folks; something we western states have also dealt with. Train, observe, and train some more!
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