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Texas A&M proposes providing independent testing for Eagle Ford water

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Texas A&M Water Conservation and Technology Center has proposed that the University become a neutral agent to test the water quality in the Eagle Ford shale for the Alamo Area Council of Governments. Bryan Mylar from KSAT Channel 12 Houston reports:

Calvin Finch, from the center, made a presentation to AACOG’s board Wednesday, telling members that the Eagle Ford communities south of San Antonio are wary of what the oil companies are doing regarding their water supply and that the oil companies are wary of telling the communities what they are doing.

Finch said hydraulic fracturing operations are still booming and that while residents love the influx of money, they worry about increased traffic and crime.

And they especially worry about fracking’s affect on their water supply.

“I think it’s reasonable for us to have a little nervousness about environmental issues,” Finch said. “We think it’s an important service that we need in the Eagle Ford area.”

Finch said the center could be a neutral agent working with water providers and oil companies.

The arrangement with Texas A&M would cost approximately $300,000.

Read the full article here: AACOG hears proposal for moderating water concerns in Eagle Ford Shale

Related: Texas A&M University-Galveston researchers see positive signs after oil spill

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