Rock Creek is about halfway, we just iodine that. Very clear.
Could you substantiate your claim somehow? I know fracking is ongoing in that region, that said it has been the principle mechanism for extraction in that region for decades from what I understand. I also thought most of the issue was underground water like wells being polluted by the process.There is A LOT of fracking around Deso, including in the Rock Creek watershed. I know industry claims there is never a problem, but I carry all my water in down there any more.
Thanks for the response and will try to research a little more.\
It's said in medicine, the dose makes the poison. With how much drilling activity there has been out there recently, and assuming that there is a proportional amount of spillage & seepage, I just don't trust the water any more. Sorry I can't link or attach any of the stories I remember though.
Edit: Not exactly relevant to the above, but I did find this link about the shale oil Uinta Basin | An Unconventional Future
What I wonder if exposure to that water for say a couple of days (assuming you bring SOME water) is an issue. It's not like your living with it 24x7 and cooking, cleaning and washing in it every day for years.Thanks for the response and will try to research a little more.
The scope of fracking is definitely much larger than in the 80s, no doubt there. Its news to me about the Rock Creek sites but I haven't been actively looking. I thought most of the sites were above 9 mile.
Definitely true about the surface water=ground water. I would imagine its naturally filtered a little more than the manmade pumps pulling out of wells back east but that is a naive guess at best. Not sure much of these volatiles are filtered naturally.
In addition, I know some of the sites have leaked and affected surface water in the past, especially in the headwaters of places like Rockhouse. Probably a smart decision to be overly cautious.
Will do some more research and likely consider switching to primarily refilling at Chandler until I know more.
Thanks for clarifying the location of most. I looked at Google Earth and only saw one or two potential sites near Rock Creek but wasn't sure how old that imagery is. I think I will still just use it as a source then.I was shown a list of >350 abandoned gas wells that evidently are all leaking hydrogen sulfide both above and below ground, but the BLM won't put together the cojones to force the owners to properly cap and reclaim them.
That said, after spending a little time with Google Earth, it seems like pretty much all the activity is north of Jack Creek, so I guess I mis-remembered my side canyons.
I still figure I'm not backpacking, and I would rather haul a few extra gallons than risk bad water.