If you are interested in the policy background of the
Southlakes wells, you can check out my
earlier post about that. You can also learn about how these wells (and the
Vintage/S. Bonnie ones) were permitted
by the City in a standstill agreement…even though at least three wells
permitted seem to violate our ordinance.
I went out to look at these two fracking sites today and here
are some pics and videos.
Here you can see them pulling water out of a city fire
hydrant. Judging by all the hoses out there, it seemed like they might be using
a couple of hydrants. Most likely they take this water to fill a frack pond. EagleRidge regularly uses upwards of six million gallons of water to frack each well. This good, clean water will be forever tainted and dumped 10,000 feet below the surface where it will stay (hopefully) in the Ellenburger formation.
Here are a couple of videos at Southlakes Park. The smell
was nauseating and the noise has got neighbors wondering if a train engine is
Here is a pic and video from Vintage. I spoke with the nice
security guard at the Vintage pad site about why they had suddenly stopped
fracking and put up this workover rig. He said they were not done fracking –
something had gone wrong that required them to deviate from plans for a while.
He was not at liberty to say anything more about that subject. But he did give
me his take on energy policy, saying that you can’t complain about oil and
gas development unless you first relinquish your heater, your electricity, and your