On Monday, July 11, a massive fracking explosion took place in San Juan County, New Mexico around 10:00 p.m. There were several explosions that forced local residents to evacuate along with highway closures. The shale deposit area in Mancos contained six new oil wells and thirty oil storage tanks that held oil or produced water. As a result, WPX Energy endangered homes and the environment with all 36 oil storage tanks catching fire. The Albuquerque news station stated that WPX Energy stopped drilling for natural gas and oil in the area back in May and had only been producing for about a week when the fire occurred. The cause of the massive fracking explosion has not yet been shared with the public.
Gratefully, there were no injuries or damage to property and most families have been able to return to their home.
In December, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management gave WPX permission to drill from the New Mexico Oil Conservation Division. Thus far, the company has invested $160 million to drill from the San Juan Basin shale’s.
Fracking Explosion Endangers the Community
This should clearly be a reminder to everyone of how dangerous fracking is to all of us. We may not be directly affected, but the air we breathe is slowly affecting our health. People in that community underwent stress by having to evacuate their home at 10:00 p.m. If we were in that situation, we would be infuriated at the thought of potentially losing our home. You should be able to live in your home comfortably, breathe clean air, and have your children grow in the home that they started creating memories.
Unfortunately, we all have to deal with consequences of these major oil companies. However, here at Titan Solar, we continue to strive for a better future through informing homeowners and the community about the health benefits of solar power.
Visit ecowatch.com to learn more about the fracking explosion in New Mexico.