Flower Mound and Bartonville are to make the ultimate sacrifice for the rest of us. They will be the guinea pigs the EPA uses to trace contamination from hydraulic fracturing.
The leaders in those communities should pass an immediate emergency moratorium on hydraulic fracturing!
Feds could study area fracking
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
By Lowell Brown
The two Denton County towns, which sit atop the Barnett Shale gas formation and are home to extensive drilling operations, are listed among the candidates for two to three prospective case studies involving sites where fracking will be researched as it is occurring. The other potential sites are the Bakken Shale in Berthold Indian Reservation, N.D.; the Marcellus Shale in Green County, Pa.; and the Niobrara Shale in Laramie County, Wyo.
Federal regulators also are planning three to five case studies in areas with reported instances of water contamination or other problems potentially linked to fracking, according to the draft plan. The Barnett Shale of Wise and Denton counties is listed among the finalists, along with areas in North Dakota, Pennsylvania and Colorado.
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Runner Susan says
I've always wanted a guinea pig. Now I can be my own pet. Go me.
The proposed changes in Flower Mound include unique "tracers" in the frac fluid. So if/when contamination occurs, even Mr. Ireland won't be able to contest the findings. All municipalites should include this language in their ordiances. If the water within their jurisdiction is never contaminated, great! If it is, the citizens (who did not cause the problem) will NOT be paying to get fresh water.
Sounds like they won a prize on a gameshow.
It seems only rational to me if there is even the smallest chance of "water contamination or other potential problems linked to fracking" the activity should be stopped or monitored very strigently. Case studies performed by the government can take years and get mired down in in red tape and political pandering.
Hey! where the hell are all the commentors? I thought the blog would be full because of the weather. I guess out of sight out of mind.
Ok, let's assume we aren't going to get the operators to stop. That's a safe assumption because this is fracking Texas.
Then, under the law, human subjects must provide their informed consent to this "study." Every single resident is entitled to be fully briefed of the risks and sign the paperwork. Send the landmen and the operator's paid liars. Let them get that full bitter taste of the consequences of their action.
Shut off all public and private groundwater supplies while this is going on. Residents who use wells for swimming pools, landscaping — off, too. There's no reason for everyone else to suffer because some rich fat cat doesn't want to lose his prize-winning azaleas.
Then, frack to your heart's content Williams, Titan, Gulftex, et. al., and watch it go everywhere.
And, from the Department of Duh, everyone will learn what RunnerSusan already knows.
That frack shit goes everywhere.
Psh Im sick of these non-existent moratoriums. Didn't Flower Mound approve a moratorium before Hilliard Airfield was drilling? Im guessing Hilliard was approved before the moratorium but the perception is moratoriums don't even stop new drills from popping up. If there was no danger or risk of water contamination involved why would they be planning to study it extensively here??
why do they have to sacrifice guinea pigs? can't they just take blood samples and do MRI's? jeez. heartless scoundrels.
i'm gonna go hug my guinea pig.
Hope they do the air in Flower Mound and Bartonville.
Hope they monitor the air. The emissions are really a problem in Flower Mound and Bartonville. But they are going to have to go beyond what that monitor is looking at…