‘A few people could be poisoned’ after contaminated water from fracking site in Texas
The Associated Press article BYLINE: SEAN COHENSEYAssociated PressThe Texas oil field where a fracking site was discovered has been shut down.
It was the first time a state or federal agency shut down a drilling site in the United States since 2007.
But a new report shows there could be more than a few people in danger.
“I think there’s a concern about people getting sick,” said Dr. Joseph Pappas, director of the Texas Department of State Health Services.
Pappas said he’s concerned about what’s happening at the well site, which is owned by Chevron and operated by Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners.
Pipeline company Energy Transfer said the well was shut down Monday for maintenance.
Chevron spokesman David Stutz said the company has not yet decided what will happen next.
“We do not comment on pending litigation,” Stutz wrote in an email.
The spill began about 1 a.m.
Monday at a drill rig that was being operated by the state.
It spilled water into a creek, causing a temporary water shortage in the area, according to the Harris County district attorney’s office.
A few dozen people in the vicinity of the spill were treated and released without suffering any health issues, but a few others had respiratory problems, including one who was rushed to a hospital with a fever, a state official said.
No injuries were reported.
There was no immediate word on the extent of the contamination.
Pendleton County Judge Robert Siegel said the contamination is the result of a lack of proper regulation of drilling.
“This is just the tip of the iceberg,” Siegel told the Associated Press.