There are many problems with each step in shale gas extraction. This starts with the leasing process and includes seismic mapping, building infrastructure (well pads, roads, pipelines), drilling, casing, fracturing, venting/flaring, fluid disposal, compressor stations, truck traffic, etc.
These problems lead to negative effects on the health of people, plants, and animals in the area and outside of the production area. There is a large amount of road damage, much of which is not being paid for by the industry.
There are also many misconceptions with the process. Companies can legally take a person's gas below their property against their will, and if you don't own your mineral rights your land can be taken for gas production. Also, gas wells in the Fayetteville Shale are as shallow as 1,200 feet and over 80% are less than the one mile that is often advertised.
There are numerous conflicts of interest with our government officials and agencies. Many people report that when they try to get help with a problem, they are often ignored or sent in circles from agency to agency.
The Oil and Gas Industry was exempted from federal regulation including the Safe Drinking Water Act, Clean Air Act, and Clean Water Act. President Bush and Vice President Cheney worked with Oil and Gas industry executives to pass the 2005 Energy Policy Act that turned regulation of the industry over to inexperienced, unprepared, and understaffed states.
Most federal regulation of the oil and gas industry has been stripped, handing this duty over to states like Arkansas that were grossly unprepared for this shale gas boom.
Each step in shale gas extraction can have negative effects on people, plants, and animals in the area and outside the area. These problems also have a negative effect on the farming and outdoor tourism industries that have traditionally supported the area.
Most fracking in Arkansas occurs in the Fayetteville Shale area. This is the area in North Central Arkansas that sits above the Fayetteville Shale, a rock layer that contains natural gas. This mostly rural area has been turned into a busy industrial zone. Companies are also currently fracking test wells in the Brown Dense, a later of rock in Southern Arkansas.
Did you know that in Arkansas, people can be forced to give up their land and/or minerals for gas production?
Did you know that companies can put a gas well only 200 feet from homes?
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