I’ve been wondering why all the focus is on Cabot when Halliburton was the company performing the fracking on the Dimock spill. Typically, the contracted fracking company takes over the drilling site during the fracking.
The spills began on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 2 p.m. when a pipe coupling failed on the system that mixes the fracturing ingredients, sending as much as 2,100 gallons of fluid into the environment.
That would be Halliburton‘s equipment that failed.
At 8 p.m. that same day another pipe coupling broke in the same system, and 5,880 additional gallons of fracturing fluid were discharged, according to both state and Cabot accounts.
“Same system” so that would also be Halliburton equipment.
On Tuesday morning, Sept. 22, another hose ruptured under pressure, releasing 420 more gallons of the same mixture, though only 10 gallons of that last spill escaped from the company’s spill catch system
I’m betting that this is also Halliburton equipment. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone in the media found out?
Why shouldn’t Halliburton’s failures also be highlighted?
Update: At last the media is starting to dig in deeper.
Cabot Spokesperson Ken Komoroski said the sub-contractor was at fault, since Halliburton was in charge of the operation that caused the spill.
“Halliburton was responsible for this incident,” he said. It is common for the industry to sub-contract work to players who have expertise in different aspects of the process.
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I agree completely!
The higher up on that O&G "totem pole", the more protected they are. Big Oil is on the top and the most secret and protected! Halliburton, a major service company, was headed by the former VP, Cheney!
Thanks for your tenacity on this. I think your blogging about this is driving the media.
i think putting the focus on cabot, the driller, kept the focus off halliburton, the fracker, and the industry doesn't want focus on fracking right now with the frac act and all
as one who was there on site the problem was not halliburtons but the water contracter baker. althought the chemical was halliburtons all the pipe and fittings were owned and assembled by baker.
Above blogging. Big Oil always job shops out almost everyting–to be able to lay blame and "take the high road". Know it well.