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Published:  2012-10-23 Views:  700
Author:  Marguerite
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Within the heart lands of Wyoming, there is a battle raging over the poisoning of water. Farmers lay the blame squarely at the feet of an oil company who they feel are the cause of this.

While four decades have passed since the first well was drilled near the Wind River Mountains, problems with the local water have increased over the last few years. A group of landowners and farmers have been complaining that their water wells are contaminated with chemicals from the nearby Encana Oil and Gas (U.S.A.) plant. The company employs the process of 'fracking' to extract oil and gas from the local area and it is this which is blamed for problems with the water supply.

Fracking is a popular technique among oil companies because it enables them to extract oil and gas reserves that were previously unobtainable. Hugely popular with oil and gas companies, the processes doesn't meet with so much approval from local landowners. Jeff Locker, a hay and barley farmer, said that his well water went bad around 15 years ago, and that his wife's neuropathy (nerve damage) was a direct result. "I'd like to have the industry held accountable for once," said Locker.

Around 3 years ago another campaigner was shocked when the water from his tap came out smelling like petroleum. Encana agreed to supply the family with drinking water, but the contaminated water is still used for bathing etc.

Said Fenton, "These are people that had good water . . . And it changed when there was this rush to come in here and develop the area when they didn't understand the geology."

Encana, the company at the center of all the fuss, states that the water quality is naturally poor due to the wells closeness to gas fields. They also say that no link has been proven between fracking and the contamination of water wells. They also note that fracking had taken place in the area before the company even bought the field. On top of this, the company and their wells have also brought a lot of industry and jobs into the local area.

Doug Hock, an Encana spokesman, commented, "Until there is a peer-reviewed study and a good scientific basis that indicates that the issues related to water are related to our operations, that is not something we are ready to address."

Encana does supply clean drinking water to around twenty households in the area though, despite their stance. There is also an offer from the state to provide cisterns for residents though, the downside being the cost of $150-200 a month to import the water in from out of town. Mr. Locker is unimpressed with the solution being offered: "They expect us to pay between $100 and $200 for something we didn't cause. It gets under my skin." It remains unclear if Encana will defray any of the cost for the clean water.

Not all of the farmers agree that Encana is the problem. "Most of the property out here is fine," said Jon Martin, a landowner in town. "There's nothing wrong with it. This is a shallow gas field. When you pass 200 feet, you're liable to hit natural gas. This isn't a fracking problem."

The EPA did however publish a report in December linking the problems with the local groundwater to the drilling for gas. After protest from Matt Mead, the governor of Wyoming, that the report was inconclusive and premature, more testing began, this time by the United States Geological Survey.

On Thur., May 31, state officials explained how the potential cisterns would work to about fifty concerned citizens in attendance. Many locals still have a lot of questions though. What they don't have is a lot of clean water.

Head over to Separmatic Systems to learn more about portable water filtration system.

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