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Barnett Shale citizens have completely lost faith in regulators and many officials.
This is from the “Don’t and say you did category.”
Don’t test for benzene but say the air is all clear of benzene. WFAA
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Here is one from you favorite person anonymous.
Your reporting is so biased and you repeatedly show non-factual information on this blog. Comments like "Barnett Shale citizens have completely lost faith in regulators and many officials," but I am a citizen and I am happy that the TCEQ responded to the benzene issue the way they did. Even more so that there is no cause for concern.
You should be happy that Tarrant County does not have a benzene issue, but you are not and that is probably because you are flat out against drilling for natural gas. I wonder if you have natural gas in your home? If not, did you know that your electricity is generated from natural gas, or maybe even dirty coal???
If you want to be an example of a citizen for change, than how about some pictures of you and your husband going to work in a horse and carriage or maybe riding a bicycle???
Let's get real…
You are using a false argument.
Just because I'm a consumer of energy does not mean I can't advocate for better industry practices to protect human health and safety and our vital natural resources.
Absolutely it does and I don't believe you are for better industry practices! Not once I have seen an idea or action from regulators or industry that you didn't like.
Oh! So, if we like strawberries, we should just shut up and eat the pesticides too?
We should just shut up and send our children to school to breathe asbestos?
In other words: Just shut up and take whatever industry dishes out? Is that it?
You either aren't paying attention or just started reading this blog. I have continually called for the following (among other things)
Surface Owner Protection Act
No bleed valves
and so on…
I can see that you are very angry with me. I'm guessing that is because exposing dirty practices messes with your bottom line. Sorry
Look, I'm a mineral owner. I want to feel good about my royalty checks but currently I can't because people are getting hurt. So, I have to spend them in pursuit of better industry practices. Clean up your act so we can both feel better about ourselves.
Isn't the main issue here that we were told the air was safe, and it wasn't even tested? And that there is a huge loophole in laws affecting testing that prevented us from getting a meaningful test-or any test? Isn't another issue that TCEQ says it has insufficient manpower, budget, equipment, or even testing knowledge to even test properly? Am I on the strong story here?
Person above(Anonymous) I have no faith in the WCEQ. Also I am not in favor of drilling in my back yard nor having a stinking amine gas plant and compressor stations nearby. Take them apples and put 'em where the sun don't shine.
R King says
I wrote the comment about "the main issue" and I agree with those opposed to drilling-at least under present conditions. I meant to ask: Am I on the wrong story? Also, I'd never insult anyone or belittle your honest opinion even if I disagree.
Yes, I believe you are correct about the main issue.
Too bad TCEQ rarely uses their "enforcement arm" on industry because they apparently need the money from fines.
Tim Ruggiero says
There the industry goes again, hiding behind 'anonymous'. Why are you so afraid to use your name? I would think you;d be proud of the gas company's stellar record!
Gas companies like Aruba Petroleum could care less about people's personal property or the environment. Case in point: Your beloved TCEQ came out to my home and tested the air around it because of our complaints about choking on diesel exhaust being blasted at us 24/7. The result? the TCEQ found nitrogen oxide concentration over a ONE HOUR period of time to be 380 parts per billion. The National Ambient Air Quality Standard is 53 parts per billion averaged over ONE YEAR.
You have zero credibility and nothing you say holds any water- or gas, for that matter. You're an industry hack, another fool with a keyboard and access to the internet. I think you may have at least one salient point, but because you're acting cowardly, no one will believe you.
And if you don't think there is benzene in Tarrant County, then you really haven't been paying any attention. I suppose next you'll say there is no benzene in Dish, TX either.
To Tim above. You finally figured 'em out! The WCEQ is worthless for protecting you against O&G or other industrial polluters. Worthless. It ain't a gonna change!