World’s second-largest oilfield services company Halliburton made state and federal agencies in-charge of drinking-water safety wait for days before it released the list of hazardous chemicals that leaked out of a drilling site into an Ohio River tributary.
While the oil spill that resulted from a June 28 fire on Statoil North America well pad, which is situated in Monroe Country, flowed 5 miles along the crew and decimated over 70,000 fish and wildlife, the state officials reported that they don’t think drinking water was contaminated.
However, environmentalists remained sceptical, questioning how the officials could be sure.
“How can communities know that they are being protected when an incident like this happens?” Teresa Mills, an environmental activist and an organizer for Center for Health, Environment and Justice in Ohio, told The Columbus Dispatch. “We need more transparent laws.”
Halliburton, which was contracted by Statoil to horizontally frack the well, initially submitted a partial list that detailed most of the chemicals used, while those that are protected as per the Ohio’s trade secrets law weren’t included.
Fracking is a process whereby a well is drilled vertically and horizontally in the underground shale rocks, before a high-pressure mixture of water, sand and chemicals is then pumped into the shafts so as to release the trapped oil and natural gas.
After the fracking operations are complete, the drilling firms have a 60-day window within which they must reveal the chemicals used to the Ohio’s Department of Natural Resources, which supervises fracking and drilling activities in the state. The Ohio law compels drilling companies to reveal the chemicals used only to the Department of Natural Resources or firefighters should there be an emergency like oil spills or fires.
In this case, the two parties were given the full list. Meanwhile, Halliburton hasn’t finished fracking the Monroe County well that ignited. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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