Fracking in Midland -- Thumbs up, or thumbs down?
Posted in the Odessa Forum
#1 Jun 15, 2014
As mineral rights holders in Midland, we've been approached by an oil company that wants to drill on our mineral acres, 7000 ft beneath the surface. It would be a horizontal well (probably multiple wells), and yes, they would be fracking to open up the formation.
The companies involved are based in Midland, and I'm sure the employees live there. They are all served by the Colorado River Municipal Water District, which pulls about 2/3 of its supply from groundwater.
Famously, in Pennsylvania, some people are having very serious problems with ground water, which is often contaminated with fracking chemicals. Some even have methane and other volatiles bubbling out of their kitchen faucets that they can light on fire. These problems also exist in other parts of the country. I frankly don't know how common or serious they are, and I don't know whether there are any such issues in the Permian Basin.
HERE'S MY QUESTION, THOUGH: I don't live in Midland anymore, but you do. My signing this lease would mean a few more jobs in Midland, along with a bit of measured risk to your water supply.(Substantive risk? I don't know.) So which do you prefer? Better economy or better drinking water? I will appreciate any and all input.
Thanks for your time!
The Vohio family
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