Oh, Dear, Dear Readers, you are going to love this. You will laugh.
On NGI’s Shale Daily you will see where an “Industry Advocate Calls Barnett Report a ‘Hoax'” The report to which this “industry advocate” refers is the Fort Worth League of Neighborhood Associations report that, based on dispersion modeling, recommends a one mile setback from school for natural gas facilities. Ed Ireland calls this report a “Hoax.”
Some of the assertions Ireland makes about the report:
- the lab and instruments used were not qualified to test for carbon disulfide
- intellectually dishonest
- based on a discredited study
- They weren’t certified to test for it; the equipment wasn’t certified to test for it
- the document they are holding is essentially “a hoax.”
Oh, Ed, you are so funneh. You even put this silliness on the front page of your website.
From: Deborah Rogers
Date: March 2, 2011 3:58:26 PM CST
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, Libby Willis
Subject: Shale Daily Article
To whom it may concern,
I read with interest your article on the Ft. Worth League of Neighborhoods report. To my knowledge, no one contacted the League of Neighborhoods for comment on your piece. I will correct Dr. Ireland’s errors now as I am the liaison to the FWISD on this report.
Firstly, Dr. Ireland refers to this report as a study. It was never intended to be a study as is clearly stated in the report. The League was charged to look at available data. This data came from multiple sources including the BSEEC’s own TITAN Engineering study done by and for industry.
I noticed that the reporter failed completely to mention that one of the models upon which we based our setback recommendations came from data collected by TITAN. In fact, this information was conspicuously absent from the article. Either the BSEEC stands by its ambient air data in the TITAN study or they do not. To refer to our report as a hoax is to refer to the BSEEC data as a hoax as well.
Secondly, there appears to be a false impression that the data used in the FWISD report came from a long ago report by Wolf Eagle Environmental (2009). It did not.
Further, Dr. Ireland states that the City of Ft. Worth issued a report on the data used for the FWISD. They did not. He is referring to the first set of data on toxic air emissions in Ft. Worth which came out in 2009. High levels of various sulfur compounds including carbon disulfide were detected then as well but should not be confused with data in our report.
Dr. Ireland goes on to make the outlandish statement that we used an unidentified model. We did not. It is specifically cited in the report that we used AerMod, the model suggested by EPA. Further, Dr. Ireland attended a public meeting on February 17 where he asked which software we used. Dr. Sattler told him that it was AerMod, so his comments are utterly disingenuous.
This article is full of innuendo and misinformation. I am sure that your reputation lies on presenting facts rather than fiction and propaganda. Having said that, Dr. Ireland’s rebuttal is exceptionally weak which is of interest in itself.
I hope this clarifies the situation.
UPDATE: I have to use my favorite quote from “Cold Mountain”
“That man is so full of manure we could plant him and grow another one!” ~Ruby
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Spanish Inquisition says
So, does this mean we have to start doubting that Mr Ireland in fact is a Dr ? Is that a hoax too ?
Does anyone take him seriously? Seriously? He is paid to lie about the industry.
A sharp bunch that league. They cornered Mr. Ed. He either has to say the League data is correct or say their own study by Titan was not. You must not play much chess Mr. Ed., you walked right into the trap.
Mike H. says
Thanks for the corrections, Deborah!
You would think Big Oil & Gas could come up with a better spokesman than Ed Ireland, an economist ,to challenge a scientific analysis of the gas well pollution. But that's typical of Big Oil & Gas, always trying to cut corners to save a buck!
The wheels are off the BSEEC bus. Eddie dropped his ball of string and it's coming unraveled. Deborah Rogers just chopped it into little pieces.
Deborah and the League handed Ed his ass.
I have seen several different articles about the League's report. The responses industry is giving are so lame. It is obvious that they don't know what to say. It is almost painful to watch. Almost….
It's so funny that the League used TITAN data. As Deborah said, either they stand by their data or they don't. Which is it, Ed?
Let's not forget Mr Ed's sidekick Arlington's Councilman Mel LeBlanc who wrote an editorial in the associations newsletter. I had a few questions on the Titan report about that the compression station near lake Arlington which is tricky as to who owns "what" over there because Quicksilver claims only their battery tanks, and last October the compression station was sold from ? to Crestwood who will not answer my questions about why the Titan study uncovered so much formaldehyde. LeBlanc said if I be nice to him he will help me with the formaldehyde problem…I guess I still have him strapped to (as he put it) my whipping post? Anyway here are my questions,so Mel or Ed when you read this, don't forget to ask whomever takes responsibility for this site (love how it changes hands).
I originally directed my questions to Mr Grau of Crestwood LP.
Then I was told to email email@example.com who will not respond.
1)How many compressors were on line June 1, 2010 (at the time that Titan was air testing).
2)What was the scheduled and unscheduled maintenance/blowdown dates from May through the end of October 2010?
3)Please confirm if the catalysts have always been on those 4 gas compressor units, or let me know "when" they were installed.
4)When were the electric compressors added?
Tim Ruggiero says
That was just plain stupid, Dr. Ed. I've seen spin before, taking words out of context, playing word games and simply making information up, but this…this beyond stupid. It's unethical and dishonest. It's one thing to have a different point of view or to simply disagree-but to push your own study as the undeniable truth-and then months later discredit it as a hoax? I think Ed needs a vacation, the stress of dealing with all this truthiness is getting to him. By the way, this is the same man who declined to debate Josh Fox because 'Gasland' is a work of 'fiction'.
Gasland a work of fiction? That was some REALLY fine computer graphics then.