UPDATE: For the best reporting to date on this case see: Better reporting on Range Resources water contamination case in Parker County, it is a long but essential read if you are interested in this case.
I know this press release was written trying to defend themselves but it just makes them look even more pathetic.
I know their drill, we’ve been through this before. If they test enough, they will eventually get a test they like. If they mess around long enough, maybe the water will flow and clear up some.
In the meantime, the homeowners have no water. Last time I checked, you can’t live without water.
UPDATED: This sound tract was added at the suggestion of a reader.
|August 6, 2010
|Landowner files complaint with RRC District Office. Field inspection performed, gas odor noted.
|August 10, 2010
|RRC staff inspect the Range Butler Unit No. 1-H and Teal Unit No. 1-H production wells nearest the well property. 30 pounds pressure observed on bradenhead of Butler Unit No. 1-H
|August 11, 2010
|RRC staff inspect the well property and collect water samples.
|August 17, 2010
|RRC staff return to the well property and re-sample the water well to address quality control issues with first samples.
|August 26, 2010
|RRC staff return to well property to meet landowner’s consultant and collect gas samples.
|August 27, 2010
|RRC staff contacts Range and requests gas samples from Range’s production well.
|September 2, 2010
|Range Production Company samples gas from their Butler Unit No. 1-H well (bradenhead).
|September 16, 2010
|RRC contacts Range and requests additional gas samples to include bradenhead and production gas, and requests that Range pressure test their well.
|September 20, 2010
|Range collects samples of bradenhead and production gas.
|October 13, 2010
|RRC staff contacts local water well driller to discuss the occurrence of natural gas in water wells drilled in the area. RRC staff requests documentation.
|October 14, 2010
|Range performs pressure test of production casing from a point just below the top of cement to the surface. The well holds 845 pounds per square inch (psi), and no leaks were observed.
|October 25, 2010
|RRC staff contact Range and request additional samples of gas from the Butler Unit No. 1-H to include gas lift, bradenhead and production gas.
|October 26, 2010
|Range collects additional gas samples at the same time that the EPA collects gas and water samples.
|November 23, 2010
|EPA sends results of gas and water samples to RRC staff in Austin and requests attendance at a proposed meeting.
|December 1, 2010
|RRC staff call EPA to discuss sample results. Learns that the meeting has been postponed.
|December 3, 2010
|RRC receives letter from Range who agrees to take additional actions.