Target: William Sydow, Director of the Nebraska Oil and Gas Commission
Goal: Stop a wastewater injection well that is proposed to sit underneath a critical water source.
America’s largest aquifer is in danger of contamination by a proposal to inject fracking wastewater beneath the fresh, underground water source. The wastewater is a byproduct of hydraulic fracturing, an invasive operation that injects water, sand, and lubricants deep underground to extract natural gas. The contaminated wastewater contains salt, toxic chemicals, and radioactive elements. Our freshwater should have priority over the waste produced by the invasive and dirty fracking industry. The time is now to stop this project for the sake of our water quality and our health.
Located in Nebraska, the well is proposed by Terex Energy Corporation, a company that seeks to inject wastewater from Colorado and Wyoming. The water will be injected about a mile underground, underneath the Ogallala Aquifer. Millions of people within seven states receive freshwater from the Ogallala. America’s farming industry thrives because of this incredible underground water source. If proposed, the well will become the largest operation of this type in the state.
Citizens in Nebraska are fighting against Terex Energy. Nebraska should not be a dumping ground for fracking wastewater from other states. Terex wants to operate seven days a week and pump 10,000 barrels of wastewater into the well a day. The potential contamination of the Ogallala aquifer is only one of the worries associated with this injection well. Increased truck traffic (80 truckloads a day) will impact local roads and could also potentially contaminate the top soil and local watershed if a truck spill were to happen. To raise even more concern, operators of Nebraskan injection wells are not required to file any sort of emergency response plan if a leak occurs in the well or from a truck.
If the Ogallala were contaminated by this injection well, farmland that relies on the aquifer’s water would die and citizens that drink the water would suffer from gastrointestinal issues as well as health conditions associated with the nervous and immune system. By signing this petition, you are urging the Director of Nebraska’s Oil and Gas Commission to deny the proposal to inject fracking wastewater near the Ogallala Aquifer.
Dear Director Sydow,
Nebraska should not be the dumping ground for other states’ fracking wastewater. Terex Energy Corporation wants to dump 10,000 barrels of wastewater a day underneath the precious Ogallala Aquifer. This vital freshwater source should be protected. The Ogallala feeds our farms and provides water for millions of people.
The injection well not only poses a huge risk to the Ogallala by the underground site but also threatens above ground water sources, soil, and infrastructure by the continuous truck traffic. The trucks will impact local roads and could potentially contaminate the ground if a truck were to spill. The toxic wastewater spilled from one of the trucks could pollute the Spotted Trail drainage system, and in return, the North Platte River.
I urge you to please deny Terex’s request to dump fracking wastewater at this site. If the injection well contaminates the Ogallala, human health and the farming industry will be at great risk. Please protect Nebraska’s greatest natural resource.
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