Arkansas: Shale Gas Mining Impacts on Communities, People, and Health

Arkansas: May 2011
Joyce Hale addresses League of Women Voters, sharing her knowledge of Gas Mining in the Fayeteville Shale and its wide impact on almost every aspect of life: the physical environment with land scaring, contamination of farm land, pollution of aquifers, and health impact on children and the unborn fetus.
Joyce explains the history and concepts of “mineral rights”, “eminent domain”, and “forced pooling” and the conflicts these laws present for property owners, placing neighbor against neighbor. Land scaring and industrialization of major parts of National Parks, specifically, Ozark & Ouachita National Forest where 1730 Wells are projected in 5-10 years. Her presentation encompasses a wide range of impacts to consider as they are juxtaposed against any economic benefits. The viewer is left to evaluate these benefits against dramatic environmental and human impacts- chemicals in the fracking fluids, disturbing statistics on pre-birth fetal pollution with more than 300 contaminants being detected in umbilical cord blood of new born babies, disruption of the endocrine systems, cattle and wild life deaths, damage to farming land, contamination of the aquifers, reduction of property value and lack of protection on the Federal or state level for clean water, clean air or meaningful coordinated regulation of the industry. Joyce clearly illustrates and discusses how this process removes fresh water from the hydrogeological cycle in the initial process, as well as the well casing failure in contaminating the aquifer and the inability to find a way to dispose of the Toxic Waste Water than emerges at the end of this cycle.

In the second portion of this presentation, several League women get together to ask questions and discuss what is happening in Pennsylvania, Colorado and Texas.
SAND: Sand is used in the fracking process in Arkansas, and Joyce Hale points out that a very popular tourist spot for fishing called “Twin Mountain” is in jeapordy because this very fine sand-said to be perfect for fracking-may only be able to be reached through mountain top removal.
You can learn more about Frac Sand Mining Issues with Hyrdraulic Fracturing: Land Destruction from Mining Operations, here: and also “TWIN MOUNTAIN“.

Special presentation for the League of Women voters and friends at the Fayetteville AR city library