Industry, Watchdog Groups Agree: Water Wells Should Be Tested Before Hydraulic Fracturing
The oil and gas industry is urging domestic well owners in New Mexico to test their water quality before and after drilling. Industry watchdog groups want the same thing but for very different reasons.
The New Mexico Oil and Gas Association is encouraging oil and gas well developers to get permission from water well owners to test as a way of proving that drilling and fracking are safe and won’t hurt water quality.
Watchdogs like Kathleen Dudley of Drilling Mora County said water quality tests before oil and gas drilling occurs is insurance for property owners, but they ought to pay for their own tests.
“If a homeowner does not know the quality of water before any industrial activity occurs, they have no baseline by which they can make industry accountable,” Dudley said.