We are finally back in Colorado, arriving in Fruita on Tuesday of this week. The trip from Flagstaff was uneventful. I am beginning to like uneventful.
Tomorrow we plan to move to Rifle to spend the summer at Edie’s place. She has graciously offered to let us park our trailer there again. It is a beautiful spot, out in the country, next to the horse pasture, yet close enough to town to be convenient. The only fly in this particular ointment is her well.
Edie has been experiencing red clay coming out of her domestic water well lately. It is possible that the new gas well drilled about a quarter-mile from her place has caused this problem when they “fracked” the well. For those of you unfamiliar with the gas and oil industry, “fracking” is the process of injecting fluids, chemicals and sand into a freshly drilled well at very high pressures. This expands the rock formations underground, the sand holds the cracks open so the gas and oil can flow more freely toward the well. The drilling industry maintains that it is perfectly safe, others disagree.
There have been several lawsuits and fights in Garfield county over the last twenty years or so about this issue. Several ranchers have experienced methane gas, petroleum products and tainted water coming up in their wells. Sometimes there is so much methane or petroleum that it can be burned as it comes out of the tap. The industry claims that all of these occurrences are only the natural result of ground shifting or gas making it way to the surface naturally. The fact that the wells have been in place for decades without problems before drilling began near them seems to not be an issue. Unfortunately there is little a land owner can do to prove the well is the cause.
We have invested in an additional sediment filter and an additional in line water filter to try to keep the clay out of our system. If it is too much for these filters we will have to move elsewhere. There are few RV parks in Garfield county that are desirable to live in for long. Most are filled with gas and oil workers who drive loud pickups and come and go at all times of the day and night. For those of us accustomed to quiet living it just doesn’t measure up.
I apologize for not updating this blog sooner. Three times I started to write about the political mess in which our country finds itself. Twice I became so disgusted that I had to quit. Soon I hope to get a grasp on my feelings about it all, in the meantime I shall keep my anger contained and my thoughts to myself. If you too are struggling with the events of the past few months I would love to hear from you. This blog is intended to be an open forum where we express ideas and try to make understandable the world that surrounds us. Please feel free to send me by email anything you would like included. I would love to get a lively discussion going around our “campfire”. Till then my friends I wish all of you good health and prosperity.