Impact of drilling presentation findings presented

(05-26-2011)

After studying the effects of natural gas drilling in the San Francisco Creek area, Adams State College Environmental Chemistry students presented their information to an audience of forty-one people. Renee Beeton's, assistant professor of chemistry, students, Scotty Pressley, Samantha Saville, and Jeremy Shaffer, emphasized the need for more research and assessment in order to maintain a minimal risk level to local residents and environment.

Scotty Pressley presenting on the impacts of drilling; photo by Brian Perkins

Scotty Pressley presenting on the impacts of drilling; photo by Brian Perkins

Potential pollution of aquifers and processing of chemical waste involved in the process were major points of discussion. Pressley said there is no municipality in the valley equipped to process the chemical waste produced during the drilling and extraction process. Recent changes in regulations require oil companies to reveal what chemicals are pumped into the ground in order to release the natural gas, in the "fracking" process. The students said there are hundreds of chemicals used in fracking, many of which are known carcinogens, including benzene.