They’re Going to Frack Under Lewisville Lake?

An alert FrontBurnervian points us to this story in the Lewisville Texan Journal from a few days back about an upcoming auction for the right to drill for gas under Lewisville Lake. The Bureau of Land Management will sell a 10-year mineral rights lease in Santa Fe on April 20. If you think that some folks question the wisdom of drilling under a lake with a bad dam, a lake that Dallas uses for drinking water, then you’d be right. From the Lewisville Texan Journal:

Lewisville Lake has been the subject of recent news reports including the LTJ regarding dam deficiencies. [Wendy Park, staff attorney for the Center for Biological Diversity] is concerned that the fracking process for horizontal wells under the lake could cause increased seismic activity — a concern echoed by [Rita Beving, of the Clean Water Fund]. She worries that either fracking, or any possible wastewater disposal that might occur in the vicinity could weaken the dam and cause a breach.

The Sierra Club’s Lone Star Chapter echoed the concerns of the others. Cyrus Reed, the group’s conservation director, emphasized his concerns about water contamination. He thinks contamination could happen if a well’s cementing or casing were to fail or if a spill were to occur.

The public has until February 19 to file a protest with the Bureau of Land Management. That has to be done either by fax (!) or snail mail. Here’s how.

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Comments

  • Amy S

    Question of the day – would you drink that water?

    • Chris

      No.

    • PeterTx52

      yes because fracking doesn’t affect the water supply

      • Amy S

        Prove it. Prove it better than the Governor of Michigan did.

        • PeterTx52

          the evidence is out there Amy the problem is that because you are a member of the High Church of Environmentalism you’ll ignore or disparage any information that i provide that runs counter to your beliefs. watch this video, and I suspect that you are also a believer in AGW or whatever it goes by today
          https://youtu.be/GLsVViOKkE0

          • Michael Crichton has absolutely no scientific credentials. He’s likely financed by the Koch Brothers who will spend 1 billion dollars to influence the 2016 election. How much money do you expect them to make as a return on their investment – 200 million, 500 million, one billion, five billion, more than that?

          • dfw63

            I wouldn’t worry much about Crichton’s financiers, he’s been dead for 7 years.

          • It was hard for me to believe that author Michael Crichton was the same person who put out that stupid video. Yet Crichton was famous as a science fiction writer, so I guess he just got carried away. The point is, however, that people who put out that kind of garbage are either frackers themselves or puppets financed by the Koch Brothers and their ilk.

      • billmarvel

        Been missing you, Pak152

        • PeterTx52

          hey bill wassup dude. who is pak152?
          did you have a good Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrated during December?
          stay cool dude

          • billmarvel

            High Mass, as usual.

          • PeterTx52

            not a Midnight Mass?

          • billmarvel

            Not anymore, PAK. The parking gets too crazy. How’s life in the archives?

          • PeterTx52

            what archives? I would have thought a person of your stature would have assigned parking. and who is this PAK you refer to?

      • If you go to Steve Lipsky’s home in Parker County, you will not drink his water. Watch this video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA0Kfh8GB2c
        or watch the video by his neighbor Shelly Perdue

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7B9-tmudFg0
        or watch this video by Texas scientists who report that 30% of water wells within 2 miles of an active fracking site show arsenic levels above the EPA’s safe drinking limit, but no water wells farther away exceed the limit.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Utn7nUuBTI&feature=youtu.be&a

  • govdrone

    I read it, so you don’t have to. Full disclosure: I live on the lake and have no real problem with frakking, but this, this is just plain stoopid.

    Here’s the addy:

    Bureau of Land Management
    New Mexico State Office
    301 Dinosaur Trail
    Santa Fe, NM 87508 (505) 954-2010

  • OldLakeHighlander

    Are they gonna start frakking before or after they put a tollway at the bottom of the lake?

  • PeterTx52

    usual henny penny sky is falling nonsense.

    • Steve Lipsky will be more than happy to provide you a lifetime supply of drinking water. You won’t need very much, because your lifetime won’t be very long. How about you start drinking his water and blog about it every day so we can see how long it takes to kill you?

      • PeterTx52

        that’s alright. of course we can’t blame either the Democrats who run Flint or the city of Detroit for cancelling the contract

  • RAB

    Frackin’ A!

  • North Texas doesn’t need any more fracking period, especially not around Lewisville Lake which is smack in the middle of Denton County. Denton County has an “F” rating for air pollution. It has second highest weighted pollution average of 21.7, very close to Harris County at 24.7 and higher than

    Dallas County’s 16.8. Denton County has more orange ozone alert days than any other Texas county. Stop all drilling in north Texas right now. Install clean, renewable energy which doesn’t pollute ground water, air, soil, and climate.

  • TexMum

    Worse case scenario? Look at what’s STILL happening in LA. Not that something like this will ever happen under the DFW’s major source of drinking water. Nah. Not going to happen. http://www.dailynews.com/opinion/20160118/porter-ranch-methane-leak-a-problem-long-in-the-making

  • Daniel Saucedo

    Here’s a petition to prevent fracking under Lake Lewisville – PLEASE SIGN https://goo.gl/G8zNHv

  • Luman Walters

    Spitballing here.
    What if the public got together, raised enough funds to outbid them and then won the auction?? It’d take a couple million. Would it be possible?

    What if we got a couple hundred people to commit to drive out to santa fe on the day of the auction??
    This is pretty important. This is our health and safety. Nobody thought the Levees would break. That dam could break too. Then lots of people will die. Also, keep in mind your homes destruction will not be covered by insurance since it was caused by human activity to extract resources.
    If a gas company does get to frack there, what if the roads into that parcel of land were no longer drivable? there are no other homes or budinesses on that land.