The EPA hydraulic fracturing meeting was standing room only tonight. Here is my statement. I was speaker #3.
My Cliff Notes version of the meeting:
Texan citizens are PO’d and want regulation NOW rather than waiting for 2 years for EPA to complete their study. There were some amazing stories of water contamination and some people brought show and tell samples.
supporters apologists said that there has never been any water fracking water contamination, we are full of fear and all we needed to accept drinking that cruddy stuff in the show and tell samples is “education.”
Meeting draws more than 600
Water takes center stage in first of EPA forums on hydraulic fracturing
Thursday, July 8, 2010
By Peggy Heinkel-Wolfe
Many representatives for the industry and for mineral owners came from Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas to underscore that hydraulic fracturing has been in use for more than 60 years and has safely stimulated more than 1 million wells around the country.
As one petroleum engineer made clear, horizontal hydraulic fracturing is VERY new. It’s only been used for about 15 years. He said that industry should make an effort to be more honest.
Fort Worth meeting on gas drilling process draws heated response
By JACK Z. SMITH
EPA Hears Citizen Concerns, Industry Assurances About Gas Drilling (AUDIO)
Shelley Kofler, KERA
Ruggiero says the appraised value of his house has also plummeted from $250,000 in 2004 to $78,000 following drilling this year.
Anger Surfaces at EPA Shale Gas Meeting
by Kate Galbraith
About Sharon Wilson
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How about a class action suit for loss of property values, there would only be 10s of thousands of households that sign-up.
How about any kind of lawsuit which would bring attention to the severe lack of regulation and accountability by the state of Texas.
Oh but remember what Julie Wilson of Chesapeake said to CNN a couple of years ago. "We're making a whole lot of millionaires here in the Barnett Shale". Yeah! We're all stinkin' rich.