The May 2010 issue of the Permian Basin Petroleum Association Magazine has arrived and it says Texas OGAP is Mean!
Ben Shepperd, Executive Vice President, Permian Basin Petroleum Association dedicated most of his column on pages 6 & 7 this month to that big meanie organization, Texas Oil and Gas Accountability Project.
The other recent issue has potentially very negative consequences. The Oil and Gas Accountability Project (OGAP) has set up shop in Texas. Many of you have dealt with this group in the western states including New Mexico.
Texas OGAP is part of Earthworks Action and is a very aggressive environmental group. They are well organized and well funded. Please do not ignore this group. I can tell you from my New Mexico experience that Texas has been blessed not to have them here until now, but they are here.
Some policy initiatives from their recent publication Drill-Right Texas include.
That would actually be: Drill-Right Texas: The Best Oil and Gas Development Practices for Texas.
Okay, here is his list of Oh-S0-Scary initiatives:
- Operators and landowners must negotiate upfront a surface use agreement with landowners and surface users (i.e., permitees and lessees) detailing the placement of pipelines, compressor stations, roads, well sites, and related facilities,and detailing the use of drilling products and chemicals as well as baseline testing of available water resources for quality and quantity.
What a bunch of meanies we are! How unreasonable to expect that people who have worked hard all their lives to carve out their piece of the American Dream should be afforded some consideration when facing eminent domain.
- Oil and gas operators must restore water and soil damaged by exploration and production, and provide temporary water supplies during remediation.
Well, that’s really mean! Those silly landowners can just come up with some kind of imitation water. What’s the big deal about water anyway?
- Surface owners must be notified in writing at least 120 days in advance of lease sales, right of way (ROW) negotiations, and development activities.
Oh give me a break! It’s none of the surface owner’s business what industry does with their surface. Texas OGAP is so, so mean!
- Noise standards should apply to all exploration, development, work-over, transportation and refinement equipment, particularly in proximity to residences, businesses, schools, hospitals, nursing homes and churches. Low frequency noise complaints must be documented and mitigated.
Say what? Now look, Grandma can’t hear anything anyway so what does noise matter around nursing homes?
Sheppard goes on and on with example after example showing how mean Texas OGAP is. You can read all the examples of our meanness HERE. Then Sheppard closes with this:
Part of Texas OGAP’s strategy is to engage municipalities and counties to encourage them to adopt stringent ordinances.
Wow! Empowering the people is a bad, bad thing!
If you want to help make sure Texas OGAP can keep being Mean in Texas, please join us at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth to see GASLAND on May 12th.