UPDATE: Okay, that’s enough despair. We had a great meeting last night and presented some compelling evidence that people are being impacted by living in the gas-patch. As I said at the meeting, we need new TCEQ commissioners and to get that we need a new governor. I say we change focus to the upcoming election.
Here’s what I really think about last night’s meeting: We are trapped in a sacrifice zone with no way out and no one is coming to rescue us. NO ONE! This fact, that we are being sacrificed was made crystal clear.
Last night we heard the most heartbreaking stories. Seriously heavy stuff, detailed descriptions of treating childhood leukemia, amazing clusters of cancers next to drilling facilities and unbelievable inaction by our regulators. People can’t get out because no one will buy their homes and now they can’t even get them refinanced because the banks won’t finance. Realtors won’t list homes near drilling so we are trapped.
The TCEQ could take some action but they won’t and anything the EPA does will be of little help and too long in coming.