I just can’t let this go. The Sierra Club is praising Range Resources for doing something they haven’t done–full disclosure. They have NOT disclosed anything that wasn’t already readily available. They are doing a partial disclosure and they get to pick and choose which chemicals they want to disclose.
In addition, Range Resources has done great harm to people in the Marcellus shale and their operations here in Texas have been pretty shoddy too. Remember DoodyGate?
I’m lifting this from the Star-Telegram blog. Jack Smith reported it and it seems that he can’t be bothered to do any or much research with his reporting. What I’ve seen lately is a lot of parroting of industry talking points.
Range Resources, which recently announced plans to sell its Barnett Shale natural gas holdings, is drawing praise from the Sierra Club, an environmental organization not known for embracing producers of fossil fuels.
Bruce Nilles,the club’s deputy conservation director, gave the Fort Worth-based natural gas and oil producer a verbal pat on the back for its voluntary disclosure of chemicals used in hydrauic fracturing of wells in Pennsylvania’s huge Marcellus Shale natural gas play.
“I think what Range announced in the Marcellus is the kind of leadership we need…if Range can disclose, why can’t’ everybody else disclose?” Nilles said Thursday at the World Shale Gas Conference & Exhibition in Grapevine, which winds up today with a Barnett Shale drilling site tour hosted by Chesapeake Energy.
Nilles said gas producers would benefit if the world shifts away from more-polluting coal and oil.
Marcellus Shale drilling and “fracking” are hot topics, as evidenced by the 2,500-plus attendees at this week’s Developing Unconventional Gas East conference in Pittsburgh. Attendance far exceeds last year’s total of 1,450, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which noted that the event also has drawn hundreds of protesters concerned about environmental impacts of drilling.
–Jack Z. Smith
Hey Bruce, if you read my blog you’ll be a lot smarter and maybe not make a fool of yourself when talking about shale drilling issues. Same goes for Scott Anderson. If you guys want me to give you a tour of the Shale, just give me a holler.