Fracking Spill Forum: Highlights of Duke Contamination Study May 18

Updated: May 12, 2016

Community Forum About Duke University Contamination Study Scheduled for May 18 in New Town

BISMARCK, ND— On Wednesday, May 18, Fort Berthold P.O.W.E.R., an affiliate of Dakota Resource Council, will host a community forum with the lead researcher of a recent Duke University study to discuss findings and implications that indicate long-lasting contamination at sites where fracking water spills occurred.

Dr. Avner Vengosh, a leading expert in environmental geochemistry from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment, will present more information about the recent study to community members at 5 p.m. at Teddy’s, 951 Eagle Drive, New Town, ND.

The peer-reviewed study, published on April 27 in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, found “widespread and persistent” contamination in North Dakota water and soils from fracking spills. During the past decade, more than 9,700 wells have been drilled in North Dakota, and as part of the project, researchers mapped the distribution of more than 3,900 brine spills. Most spills came from faulty pipes built to transport fracked wells’ flowback water from on-site holding containers to nearby injection wells.

“It’s the people who live in communities with oil and gas development who are left with the aftermath,” DRC board member Lisa DeVille said. “We’re not getting the information that we need about what is happening out here, so we have to rely on outside resources to give us unbiased results. Our main focus right now is awareness—we need to know what the full impacts are so our state can do everything possible to prevent long-lasting environmental destruction.”

To see the news release from the study as well as a full copy, go here: