As if we need another example after DISH, TX and the DIRTY SECRET.
The oil & gas industry has broad exemptions from all of our federal environmental laws.
The Clean Air Act:
The CAA provides that oil and gas wells, and in some instances pipeline compressors and pump stations, shall not be aggregated together to determine if they are subject to the provisions that establish NEHAPS and thus require MACT. This exemption to the aggregation requirement allows the oil and gas industry to pollute the air while being largely unregulated under the CAA.
Since Big Gas doesn’t respond to human decency and reasonable requests to control emissions, EPA must intervene and aggregate emissions.
Take this example provided by Aruba Petroleum. (Go ahead and click for a larger version. You really need to get the full effect.)
Before I arrived at Tim’s and Christine’s house Sunday afternoon, I could see the cloud of diesel hanging in the Wise County air. At the entrance of what used to be their 4+ acre horse pasture, filled with lush bermuda grass and their beloved horses, I slammed on the brakes and jumped out with camera in hand (I have some impressive video for later). The sight was startling even after many visits. Each time the diesel emissions are worse than the last.
There is a part available for this rig that prevents these emissions but Aruba Petroleum refuses to use it. This is another example of why we desperately need the EPA to step in and intervene in Texas.
The horses now live at a stable which costs their owners $1,000/month. Diesel emissions are dangerous for people and animals.
When Aruba Petroleum leaves this site, they will go to another and another and another and…
For more videos see: ArubaGreed
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Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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