To all Elbert County Colorado residents:
I received an offer to negotiate to lease mineral rights, 1/05/2011 from a landman, Dave Dixon, Fidelity Land LLC, 303-815-8007, representing Conoco-Phillips. I live 5 NE of Elizabeth, CO.
If oil and natural gas development is allowed using current hydraulic fracturing techniques (fracking), the implications to our acquifers in Elbert County, CO could be devastating.
This community depends on groundwater. It is our only current source of drinking and agricultural water.
Similar situations occuring in Pennsylvania, see below, have damaged ground water of lessees and surrounding properties.
The potential implications of this venture by Conoco and the associated potential destruction of property values require any potential lessee to demand assurance Hydraulic Fracturing techniques of explorations/extraction of natural gas not be used. If these techniques are used it is possible anyone allowing Conoco-Phillips to explore or extract in such a manner may be the short-term beneficiary of finances from this oil company in exchange for the destrucion of our surrounding acquifer(s).
Sincerely, Jeffrey S. Rodden, Elbert County Landowner
In Colorado, hydraulic fracturing is being blamed for causing residents’ well water to burst into flames.
See also: youtube video of flammable tap water
See also: http://blogs.mccombs.utexas.edu/energy/energy-management-briefs/fracking-regulations-is- federal-hydraulic-facturing-regulation-around-the-corner/
See also; http://www.oilandgaslawyerblog.com/ of the following recent happenings in Pennsylvania
"The controversy over natural gas in underground aquifers in Dimock Township, Pennsylvania continues. It was reported that private lab tests of contaminated water found chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Dimock resident Victoria Switzer said that the tests had found ethylene glycol, propylene glycol and toluene in her well water. The testing company said that the tests also found ethylbenzene and zylene in most of the affected water wells in the township. Read the Scranton Times-Tribune article here. The Pennsylvanie Department of Environmental Protection has fined Cabot Oil & Gas for improper casing and cementing that allegedly have caused natural gas to appear in Dimock's ground water."
- Cabot has denied that the tests show contamination of ground water by frac water from its wells. Cabot claims that it has not used xylene, ethyl benzene or toluene in its frac water. It said that the chemicals found in the ground water were present before Cabot ever drilled its wells, and Cabot notes that an automobile and truck repair garage is sited near the water wells tested and that these chemcials are primary constituents of car and truck fuel and are commonly found in gasoline spills. See article here.
- The EPA hearing on its well frac'ing study finally took place in Binghamton, New York. After all of the concern about the crowd and security, about 700 people showed up for the hearing, while others chose to demonstrate outside the hearing. There were demonstrators on both sides, some holding signs saying "Kids can't dring gas" and "Protect our water. Stop fracking America." Other signs said "Yes to science, no to paranoia" and "Pass gas now!" See Philadephia Inquirer article here.
See Also, Conoco's own website admits this technique is used.
"To make this rock productive, over a 60-year span we developed new and sophisticated technology. Completion techniques, hydraulic fracturing, drilling and seismic imaging all advanced. As a result, unconventional gas is now a key part of U.S. reserves.