Our Reports: Hydraulic Fracturing

 

     A primary purpose of our coalition is to provide public comment back to the citizens of Lubbock as well as the Board of Health about the public health needs of our community. Below are various articles previously prepared for review by the Board of Health or developed to aid the coalition in understanding the issues. You will need Adobe Reader to view the files. 

Potential Public Health Hazards, Exposures and Health Effects from Unconventional Natural Gas Development

Drilling for Certainty: The Latest in Fracking Health Studies

Summary of the Technical Roundtable on EPA’s Study of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Drinking Water Resources

Hydraulic Fracturing and Water Resources: Separting the Frack from the Fiction

Enforcement Report: Texas Railroad Commission

Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing"

We would appreciate your comments regarding the Resolution regarding Hydraulic Fracturing that was passed by the Board of Health at our May 2013 meeting. We will be presenting this to the City Council during July. The resolution is presented below with a comment box below each of the "best practice standards" that are defined at the end of the document. Please comment as you desire and then click submit at the end of the document. You may also enter your email address at the end if you would like to be placed on the mailing list for further updates regarding this area of investigation. Thanks in advance.

Resolution

WHEREAS, the oil and gas industry has recently grown at an increased rate in the State of Texas due to new technological developments and advancements in methods within the oil and gas industry, including recent methods of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling; and

WHEREAS, the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas in the City of Lubbock, Texas, is an activity which necessitates reasonable regulation to ensure that all property owners, mineral, and otherwise, have the right to peaceably enjoy their property and its benefits and revenues, and

WHEREAS, recognizing the need to remain vigilant and proactive in determining and establishing reasonable and uniform limitations, safeguards, and regulations, for present and future operations related to the exploring, drilling, developing, producing, and transporting, and storing of oil and gas within the City of Lubbock, Texas, the Lubbock Board of Health appointed a Fracking Committee, composed of knowledgeable professionals, to study the specifics of hydraulic fracturing, and thereafter make a recommendation to said Board of Health on the best practices in hydraulic fracturing, in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public, and

WHEREAS, The Lubbock Board of Health will make its recommendation to the City Council based upon the recommendation of the Lubbock Boadr of Health Fracking Committee, NOW,  THEREFORE,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LUBBOCK BOARD OF HEALTH OF THE CITY OF LUBBOCK:

THAT, based upon the findings of the Lubbock Board of Health Fracking Committee reoprt "Best Practices in Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Health," the Lubbock Board of Health of the City of Lubbock recommends to the City COuncil of the City of Lubbock, in order to protect the health, safety, and general welfare of the public, that the current oil and gas ordinance be amended to include the following best practice standards for hydraulic fracturing as follows:

1. Use only closed loop drilling mud systems that eliminate open pits

2. Disclose the chemical composition of hydraulic fracturing fluids prior to beginning hydraulic fracturing.

3. Monitor for water and air contamination before, during, and after oil and gas development activities using independent agencies as specified by the City.

4. Achieve EPA standards for reducing toxic air emissions as set forth in the New Source Performance Standards.

5. Set wells back 1500 feet from the edge of the well pad to any property line of any residence, school, hospital, workplace, religious institution, public building, or public park; 3000 feet from any municipal water source, 1500 feet from any fresh water well, and 750 feet from a flood plain or environmentally sensitive area.

6. Submit a plan to minimize the use of fresh water in oil and gas development activities.

 

7. Recycle and reuse produced water.

8. Monitor water withdrawals.

9. Use multi-well pad drilling.

10. Employ alarms to detect loss of well or containment integrity, and an emergency response plan to respond to spills, leaks, and blowouts.

11. Compensate the City for the services of an independent well inspector who will periodically inspect wells for compliance with all federal, state and local standards, and whose certification will be required before well stimulation activities begin.

Said report, "Best Practices in Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Health," is attached hereto and incorporated in this Resolution as is fully set forth herein and shall be included in the minutes of the Lubbock Board of Health.

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