Tucked into one of the most scenic areas of the United States in the Arkansas Ozark Mountains,
surrounding one of the purest drinking water sources for over 6,000 people, is an underground
treasure of immense proportions - the discovery of a natural gas reservoir called the Fayetteville
Shale Play. Although the first discovery of gas in Arkansas was in 1887 in Fort Smith, with
commercial development beginning in 1902, The Fayetteville Shale Play shale gas is the current focus
of the natural gas and oil industry in Arkansas. Located on the Arkansas side of the Arkoma Basin,
the gas reservoir ranges in thickness from 50 to 550 feet, and depths from 1,500 to 6,500 feet. The
Fayetteville Shale play is a rock formation encompassing multiple counties in North-Central
Arkansas and holding vast reservoirs of natural gas, Mississippian in age, and is the geologic
equivalent to the Caney Shale in Oklahoma and the Barnett Shale in North Texas, all of which are
huge reservoirs of natural gas.
With over a million wells being estimated for the Fayetteville Shale Play area, you only have to refer
to the map provided by the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission (shown below) to see how
devastating and environmentally disastrous this will be for this magnificent area. It takes millions of
gallons of water to drill one well. The water is used with diesel mud which consists of benzene, and
many other carcinogenic chemicals. With an estimated 1.8 million wells and millions of gallons of
water and up per well, it does not take a rocket scientist or numerous studies (the oil and gas
industry is exempt from any EIS study) and - you do the math - to predict potential pollution and
environmental disaster for the lake area and sweet spot county residents. It is also estimated that
there will be eight wells per section, up to sixteen wells per section and clearing of four to six acres
per section of some of the most beautiful hardwood forests in the Unites States. Not to mention the
drilling sites are very close to our drinking water source of a 40,000 acre man-made lake, at one
time considered as one of the purest water sources in the country. Now it is in the worst condition of
its life, according to the community water systems here in the area.
Arkansas has little or no regulatory recourse to monitor the activity of the oil and gas companies.
ADEQ’s resources are extremely limited, or non existent and only regulate drilling fluids, containment
areas and when the drilling is completed, proper disposal of chemical based drilling fluids. All else is
monitored by the Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission. Isn’t that like the fox guarding the chicken
house? There are not enough inspectors to go around to monitor the thousands of wells going in.
Since it is almost impossible for a concerned citizen to get close enough to a well to check for
violations and report them to ADEQ, which is what ADEQ is suggesting, how will the public be
aware of any endangerment to health, drinking water sources, livestock, or irreparable damage to the
environment? Right now, we can only rely on reports of people's first hand experience and
This is one of the reasons for the coming changes. Humankind has forgotten its connection with
Nature and the Earth Mother by living in disharmony with Her. My Ancient Grandmother tells me
that drilling in any form, along with weapons of war and poisons are the worst things that can be
done to our Beloved Earth Mother. This is because She is the Womb of all Life and She is Sacred.
She is constantly pregnant with life and is penetrated with machines that poke holes in Her. She is
raped and then injected with toxic chemicals that flow into all parts of Her Being, Her waters, Her
children, Her body. Her offspring is coming forth deformed, and sick or not at all. It also disrupts the
energy flow along Her ley lines. This violent assault upon Her is affecting all of us. Is it no wonder
She is reacting to this violence brought upon Her by humankind?
Perhaps in observing what is happening to our Mother the Earth at this time, it will touch your heart
as it has mine and move you to care about Mother Earth, Her children and each other.
We, Humankind must take responsibility for our thoughts, the condition of our home, the well being
of our Mother and all living things. And because the 'thoughts' are of those that live in disharmony,
placing more value on money than the real world, the world of Spirit, it has come to this and set in
motion the future events of transformation.