The Effects Of Contaminated Water On Our Ground Water Essay

1442 Words May 6th, 2015 null Page
Some say the chemicals being injected into the ground is affecting our ground water, others says it isn’t. Most of the fluid injected is recovered, but it isn’t actually know what happens to the remaining contaminated water, which causes great concern. Does it stay in the rocks or is it absorbed into ground water or does it migrate away from the site? Dr. Vidic said, “It is possible that some of the water could reach the drinking water aquifers at shallower levels through cracks in the rock.” Dr. Radisav Vidic is a professor at the University of Pittsburgh. The waste water is contaminated with up to 10 times the level of salt found in seawater, with radioactive and organic materials, and other chemicals such as bromides released from the rock. (Edwards, Lin) Faulty seals could also leak gas into ground water. This is a fairly low risk of 1-3%. Incorrect treatment of the waste water is another way of contamination. Several different things could happen to the waste water once it is recovered. It may be injected back into the well for storage. Another possibility is treatment of the water then it can be released back to surface bodies of water or they may reuse it in another hydraulic fracturing operation. Ground water is the supply of fresh water found beneath the Earth’s surface, usually in aquifers, which supply wells and springs. (EPA) Aquifers are underground layers of rock that are saturated with water that can be brought to the…

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