Buried Drilling Pit, Colorado
Location of a natural-gas drilling site operated by EnCana in western Colorado. Common drilling operations that cause concerns about potential ground water contamination are illustrated in two videos taken at this site, one showing the storage of drilling fluids in a pit during hydrofracturing ("fraccing") and another showing closure and burial of that pit. Although the operations depicted are probably allowed by Colorado law, nearby homeowners who rely on groundwater for drinking and bathing are concerned about these practices as drilling permeates the area.
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