Have you been a victim of subsurface trespass? If you live on top of the Barnett Shale, it’s possible.
Hydraulic fracturing is not a precise science—it’s hard to control the length and direction of the fractures.
”You may plan a fracture that will go 1,000 feet, and it might go 2,000 feet or 400 feet,” said John S. Lowe, a professor of energy law at Southern Methodist University’s Deadman School of Law.
This imprecision, and the fact that deadly chemicals are used in this imprecise technique, is why oil and gas operators should not be allowed to fracture anywhere near people or drinking water!
The lawsuit stems from a 2005 Hidalgo County dispute in which Garza Energy Trust was granted $14 million for the court’s findings that the trust had been the victim of subsurface trespass due to hydraulic fracturing.
This issue is extremely difficult for the court to decide, and naturally the oil and gas industry isn’t missing this opportunity to spread propaganda and fear mongering.
Chesapeake sent a letter to the Supreme Court on behalf of
the OILgarchy their partners in crime industry cohorts expressing “deep concern ‘over the potentially devastating impact’” to their billion dollar pension plans the economy and their industry.
According to Chesapeake, ruling in favor of Garza Energy Trust will “be devastating” and will basically bring about Armageddon.
Other oil industry billionaires used words like “chaos” and “disaster.”
My jaw dropped when I read that Victor Carrillo, Texas Railroad Commissioner, uncharacteristically didn’t shill for the
OILgarchy industry, and thought things wouldn’t be quite as dire.
Hey, maybe, just maybe, they will have to slow down and be more careful and that wouldn’t be a bad thing at all.