A 2008 state audit found that about 40 percent of the oil and gas wells in Texas had not been inspected in five years.
Texas Railroad Commission says there is no evidence of water contamination in Texas from drilling and it’s easy to say that because the Texas Railroad Commission does not test groundwater for contamination.
Jeff Weems, who is uncontested in the Democratic primary, said the commission missed a change to balance the need for environmental stewardship as the Barnett Shale was being developed.
“The time to develop sensible regulations and engage in active monitoring of water use, injection wells, noise and emission concerns, inner city drilling and gathering line locations was years ago,” Weems said.
“The commissioners must undertake immediately a comprehensive review of all of the rules and regulations for Barnett Shale activities that affect the communities there.”
“In terms of just going out randomly and starting to test for groundwater pollution, I’d have to have a lot more information.”
How do you get the “information” if you never test?