A husband-and-wife team cite the rare instances where cattle have been exposed to flowback water and conjure up that the entire process is “deadly…” scaring an audience of 50 people at a Wilkes College meeting with their “findings.” After their scary anecdotes in this story they have to attach an important fact to their ridiculous claims:
“Neither Bamberger nor Oswald could say just how prevalent these problems are, or whether they pose a food-safety threat. Nor could they prove a conclusive link between gas drilling and the problems they studied.”
Farm animals are rarely exposed to flowback water or other drilling-related fluids, but the isolated incidents where it has occurred are hyped by opponents. The industry works diligently to secure all aspects of their operations from animals and people not trained in oil and gas drilling.