Le Roy Mystery Disease Update: 2/9/2012. Dangerous fracking- safe fracking? No matter what type of fracking that was going on to obtain gas from wells in and around Le Roy High school, a spill is documented to have occurred on school grounds- strangely, a month and a half before the first girl started exhibiting Tourette-like symptoms.
In this video, HLN corespondent Jim Spellman obtained documents revealing that they (I’m assuming he is referring to a drilling company) were cited for the spill which has killed trees and vegetation- right where kids are said to be playing:
Le Roy Mystery Disease Update: Fracking spill documented on school grounds
Despite this spill, officials claim there is still a lack of evidence linking environmental conditions to the mystery disease that has afflicted 16 in the town of Le Roy New York. Nonetheless, William Albert ESQ of Rochester, spokesman for the school district reports that three more girls are exhibiting Tourette-like symptoms and are currently under evaluation:
By Paul Mrozek: Le Roy Central School officials have posted additional information on the district’s website about students with tic symptoms, environmental testing and natural gas wells at the school.
Officials who ran Saturday’s meeting fielded numerous queries about the gas wells and dead grass and trees around one of them.
According to the district’s fact sheet, there are six wells on Le Roy Central School District’s 30-acre site. The first two were drilled in 1980 and 1981.
In 1991 another pair of wells was drilled. The most recent ones were drilled in August 2008. The die-off of plants and trees occurred when salt water was spilled on the ground.
Le Roy Central officials and its consultants said at Saturday’s community forum that grass and trees died near one well because of brine that spilled on the ground. Monday’s documents stated that water in Medina Sandstone contains salt and some of that liquid is drawn to the surface during gas extraction.
The water and gas must be separated before the gas can be used. The brine is stored in tanks, which are taken off site for proper disposal. No other treatment is necessary for the Le Roy Central School natural gas wells.
The district also reported that four of the wells were done by hydraulically fracturing underground deposits of Medina Sandstone in order to reach pockets of gas. However the technique used at the school was low-volume hydrofracking, not the controversial high-volume hydrofracking that’s become a huge environmental issue in New York.
Four of the Le Roy wells were hydraulically fractured by vertical drilling and using 20,000 to 30,000 gallons of water.
Part of a high-volume fracking well is drilled horizontally; it uses 1 million or more gallons of chemically-treated water for each one. There is a moratorium in New York on use of the high-volume technique.
According to the school district, the majority of Medina Sandstone wells drilled since 1960 in New York state have been low-volume hydrofracked. whole article here
Despite reports of so called “safe facking” in an around the school, hydraulic fracking with perhaps unknown chemicals has occurred in four of the six Le Roy gas wells. Check this article out (if you haven’t done so already) that shows what has happened to some people when you “frack.”