Marcellus Shale and our way of life

Marcellus Shale and our way of life

There are 53 comments on the The Pocahontas Times ~ Marlinton West Virginia story from Aug 4, 2011, titled Marcellus Shale and our way of life. In it, The Pocahontas Times ~ Marlinton West Virginia reports that:

In recent meetings of the county commission, we have been hearing from citizens regarding the drawbacks of Marcellus Shale gas drilling.

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well tender

United States

#41 May 22, 2012
WorkedtheRig wrote:
She might have said frac pond but she is actually meaning the flowback pit and yes there is a pit, that is in the ground that holds flowback. It is only removed as the level rises but is never empty until the job is done. Though at times they do use it in conjunction with water as part of the fracking, but that is only when the acidity is not to high to start. Once the acidity reaches too high of a level they revert back to water only. Say what you will, but that pit is no different than a frac pond that holds clean water except that one holds clean water while the other holds contaminated water. Oh, btw, many times there has been flowback actually pumped into the clean pit on accident. Very seldom do they do anything about it even though they should! When they do clean the fresh water pit, it is only because it has come to the attention of someone it shouldn't have!
Not sure how long it's been since you worked on the rigs. SoI can't argue about that. Now they don't pump into ponds on flow back it's 500bbl tanks at least where I work. Yes I'm sure they used to do that but they are doing alot better now. Thats fine though complain and stop the drilling and the coal mining and forget about your electricity and heat. Then complain how many jobs are in west virginia and natural gas isn't helping this state. There's truth to you don't know what you have till it's gone.
Very Concerned

United States

#42 May 22, 2012
Thank you for clarifying the proper terminology regarding the ponds. I know that there are ponds at the sites that hold toxic waste products. I have also been told that it is not uncommon for these ponds to contaminate the soil. Maybe you know something about that from your experience.

Some want us to believe that it is safe and the chemicals used are similiar to household cleaners. If my granny was still living she would have called them snake oil salesmen. If everything is so safe and the water and chemicals are so safe , why did Vermont ban all fracking?
Very Concerned

United States

#43 May 22, 2012
I hope that WVhostfarms.org will make a difference in our state. More research is needed. Many doctors want more research. They want to know if the people living near well sites are getting sick because of what is going on at the sites.
WorkedtheRig

United States

#44 May 22, 2012
I just worked the rigs up until January and yes the water transfer trucks are the ones that have inadvertently pumped flowback into a fresh water pit. And this has been going on as far as I know for quite awhile and clear up to Jan. And I worked on all EQT jobs. Not sure which ones you worked on. And as for West Virginians working for these companies, only 3 people on my company was actually from WV. I fully understand your concern about the state of jobs in WV but at what price to we set on a future for our children in the state we love so much? Is it worth the money that we get now for the damage we do later? Am I saying it should be stopped? No, what I am saying is there should be more control, inspections and better management and if you work the rigs, you know that is where the fault lies. There can be a safer method designe for this, though it would cost more but that will never happen!
WorkedtheRig

United States

#45 May 22, 2012
Those chemicals are no where close to household cleaners. I am not sure where you heard that. The chemicals they use are deadly. I saw a fox go in and die within minutes. Another time a hawk went in and never came out alive either. We had to fetch the poor dead animals out and dispose of them, which by the way was in the trash. There are spills and contamination on every level, some times the liners get tore which though rare, does occur. It can be safer but there is no real control or oversight of it. Coal mines have tons of inspections and as much safety as they can put and I am all for coal mines. But this fracking is a different matter.
Very Concerned

United States

#46 May 22, 2012
I have always supported the coal industry. I know that the chemicals used in the fracking process are nothing compared to household cleaners but some of the EQT officials want us to believe that everything is safe. Our elected officials want us to believe that thousands of jobs will be at the sites for WV workers but common sense tells me that when I drive by multiple camp sites, know of people who could not get a motel room locally and know of others that can not find a place to rent, I know that there has been a huge influx of workers from out of state. Local veternarians know that there is toxic waste at those sites and that it is very dangerous for animals. They have had experience.
Need info

United States

#47 Aug 4, 2012
Need info regarding the metering stations installed at Marcellus well sites. Do they emit toxins and is the noise loud? Thank You

Since: Jul 12

Charleston, WV

#48 Aug 4, 2012
resident of bu wrote:
My dad is a well tender and none of this gas is benefiting this state other than creating jobs for a few years! What are they gonna do when it plats itself out theres gonna be a bunch of unemployed people.
I've had family that has worked in the gas industry for over 30yrs. There are jobs after the gas rig is gone, your father being a well tender is one of them. I agree that they do need regulated as well as any other industry. We need to turn vehicles into natural gas and get rid of foreign oil. Also some people get free gas to heat their homes.

Since: Mar 11

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#49 Aug 4, 2012
Need info wrote:
Need info regarding the metering stations installed at Marcellus well sites. Do they emit toxins and is the noise loud? Thank You
No more 'toxins' than any gasoline pump does, and not near as loud as any windmill. This shock and awe over Marcellus drilling has gotten blown way out of proportion. To the point of ridiculous!
My 2cents

Buckhannon, WV

#50 Aug 4, 2012
HaHa wrote:
Wind mills destroy just as much land to put them in dumb ass.
And the windmill stays on the site forever, Well sites are recaimed afterword.
My 2cents

Buckhannon, WV

#51 Aug 4, 2012
Very Concerned wrote:
I have always supported the coal industry. I know that the chemicals used in the fracking process are nothing compared to household cleaners but some of the EQT officials want us to believe that everything is safe. Our elected officials want us to believe that thousands of jobs will be at the sites for WV workers but common sense tells me that when I drive by multiple camp sites, know of people who could not get a motel room locally and know of others that can not find a place to rent, I know that there has been a huge influx of workers from out of state. Local veternarians know that there is toxic waste at those sites and that it is very dangerous for animals. They have had experience.
Yes, there has been an influx of out of state workers but your assumption is... Well an ASS u tion, IN state workers need hotels, rentals, and camp sites as well while they are working out of town.
I see alot of ASSuming going on, what about the Millions spent locally by out of state and out of town workers? Out of state companies also.
I think we are not just looking a "gift horse in the mouth" but we are kicking the sh!t out of it...

There is always going to be drawbacks or tradeoff's, there is with oil, gas, or coal.
Some in the coal industry are mad because it is negatively affecting them but maybe if most of the coal mined in WV was used in the US it would be a different story.
My 2cents

Buckhannon, WV

#52 Aug 4, 2012
Here is a drawback that I see as business owner, But Im not jumping on the band wagon to talk crap on the industry.

The worker base has been eroded to the point that when I hire someone they either dont want to work or can't pass a drug screening. I have seen a 200% increase in failed drug tests in the last year.
ALL of the good people are being hired by the gas industry and they still cant find enough good workers.
The people left now; for the most part are qualified to deliver papers or work in fast food.
I see alot of just lazy people who are not willing to work for a good paycheck.
My guys can make as much $1500.00 per week and I have a very very difficult time finding anyone to pass the background and drug test.

But, other than that I see only positive things happening with this trend. Let's NOT regulate them out of business.... afterall you might just need natural gas the next time the lights go out for a week.....
rblyel

Parkersburg, WV

#54 Jul 14, 2014
there are lots of water wells that already contain amounts of gas in them and can be lit out of the tap...no water has ever been proven to be contaminated by fracking, never !....just cause some believe it and say it, doesn't make it true

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