The Amarillo Independent published a pretty good article about Jeff Weems, a “third-generation oil patcher.”
“No one’s watching the shop,” Weems said. The commission should be reviewing rules and regulations and amending them to reflect modern drilling techniques.
He’s running against Victor Carrillo
Southern Methodist University sent a geophone team to test the area around the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport, and discovered a quake epicenter about a hundred yards from a Chesapeake Energy injection well. Before testing, Weems said, Carillo expressed certainty that drilling had nothing to do with the earthquakes.
Although the location of the epicenter was close to the injection well does not prove that the drilling has caused the quakes, Weems said the railroad commission should take the lead in investigating the matter before some other state agency which does not understand the exploration and petroleum production industry steps in and formulates rules that would hinder the energy business.
The goal of the commission should be reasonable regulations that protect the environment and consumers while providing a framework for oil and gas operators.
Read more about Jeff Weems HERE and be sure to contribute because his opponent will be well funded by industry.
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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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