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.
That’s right folks. Today the Texas Railroad Commission held a hearing in Austin on the Parker County water well contamination by Range Resources and this “expert” said:
fracturing caused by Range’s drilling “couldn’t possibly be the reason for contamination of the Lipsky or any other wells.
So, there you have it. An industry insider, a man whose living depends on hydraulic fracturing and the drilling industry that uses his services, deemed it so.
I might have mentioned this before, but one of my favorite quotes is by Upton Sinclair:
“It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his job depends on not understanding it.”
Oh, and Range Resources also said they were not guilty. Of course, if I remember correctly, they said there wasn’t any sewage or toilet paper dumped in the field at the Rayzor Ranch drill site either even though we have video proof.
I decided to ask a guy who just happens to have a Ph.D. in geology what he thought about the whole deal.
If the industry is so sure there are no problems it is interesting that none (so far) are willing to sponsor some research or have actually done the research themselves and published the results? Any research in this area should be long term to really identify the extent of any effects from “fracking” in the area under the Newark gas field. It would seem a good study would lie to rest any fears or answer questions if there are potential problems. If there is a problem and it could be identified and that would make the industry proactive.
For background, click HERE.
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This is definitely the modus apparandi of the RRC. They will lie and do ANYTHING to now allow any information into the public record that O&G is doing anything wrong! A very dangerous and ruthless org. that RRC!