Mixed Media Bas-relief Painting on Archival Gesso Board in a Black Metal Floater Frame.
This painting is part of my Ecological Landscape series.
I would like to thank EcoFlight (www.ecoflight.org) for granting permission to use their photographic image as the basis for this painting. My painting is a one-off copyrighted interpretation of their original photograph to which they hold all rights.
The EPA discovered chemical compounds in Pavillion, Wyoming ground water in 2011, which matched the profile of fracking contamination. The EPA stated that there were risks but not anything that would constitute a problem.
The vicinity was first drilled in 1960. Starting at about the same time, citizens complained of physical ailments and that their drinking water “turned black and tasted of chemicals.” Forty-four unlined pits were used before 1995 for disposal of diesel and chemical fluids.
A Stanford University follow up study indicates the EPA analysis was inadequate. Stanford’s review shows underground water hydraulic fracturing has impacted resources, and that area groundwater showed concentrations of dangerous chemicals.
The fracking industry has a tendency for drilling in places they forget to tell people about.
Pavillion is a small town in Fremont County. The area isn’t geologically unique, which leads to concern that other fracking operations may have similar contaminates leaching into their drinking waters.