Gas drilling waste is getting spread all over Texas farmland.
- The drilling caused its own problems, but it wasn’t until the company spread muddy drilling waste over several acres of their land that all three of the Ruggieros, at about the same time, began to suffer from similar-looking rashes.
- In the Ruggieros’ case, the foul-smelling mud that drilling crews had spread over their land turned out, when tested by Rich’s company, to contain high levels of arsenic and benzene, both of which can cause cancer.
- Many rural families fear that anything grown on acreage that has been improperly land farmed may be contaminated with carcinogens and that the grass and crops are potentially harmful to humans and animals. In some cases, they report, animals will not even eat the affected grass.
- In Arkansas, which last year began the process of revoking permits on 11 land-farm sites, landfarming runoff had contaminated local water supplies.
- “Texas can’t seem to learn by watching others,” Sharon Wilson said. “We just keep on letting the industry have complete carte blanche.”