Hydraulic Fracture - Barnett Shale Gas Well





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Uploaded on Feb 17, 2009

This video shows the emissions during hydraulic fracture of a Barnett Shale gas well. Testing during fracking and flowback has shown that these vapors can contain dangerous toxins and silica sand. In 2012, a flowback operator in Montana died within 10 minutes from exposure to these vapors. Yet the oil and gas industry is putting these facilities right next to homes, schools, churches and hospitals.

North Texas air quality is some of the worst in the nation.

Pipes carry the approx. 5 million gallons of fresh water used to frack each gas well.

The water is mixed with chemicals and sand then injected under pressure down the drilling hole. See The Endocrine Disruption Exchange for chemical list.

This fractures the shale and releases the gas

Hydraulic fracturing fluid was exempt from the Safe Drinking Water Act in 2005 at the urging of Dick Cheney.

Halliburton is the main hydraulic fracturing company.

There are number of ways in which hydraulic fracturing threatens our drinking water including surface spills, blowouts, poor cementing jobs, and communication to water zones.

Hydraulic fracturing chemicals contain biocides, pesticides, acids, scale inhibitors, friction reducers, surfactants and others. See The Endocrine Disruption Exchange for list of chemicals.

Industry spokespeople claim that 0.5% of frack fluid is comprised of chemical agents but Earthworks' research shows that companies can use as much as 40 tons of chemicals for every million gallons of water they use for fracking.


The FRAC Act will enable the EPA to regulate hydraulic fracturing under the Safe Drinking Water Act.

Please contact your representatives and ask them to support the FRAC Act

Natural gas production causes more smog forming pollution than all the vehicles in the DFW area per peer reviewed study.

Ozone levels have dropped overall in Texas except in the Barnett Shale region. WFAA report: Ozone reductions not seen in Barnett Shale region,

They're calling natural gas a "bridge fuel."

Just say, "Thanks, but no thanks," to that bridge to nowhere


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