Okay, Dear Readers, you know the drill: ACT SHOCKED.
Here is the make-up of the Texas Railroad Commission Eagle Ford Task Force (I am totally ripping the below off from an email I received from an EFS group leader.):
Commissioner Porter has formed the Eagle Ford Task Force, and has named 22 people to serve on it. I did a quick tally and of the 22:
- 13 are industry
- 7 government
- 1 private mineral rights owner (huge, from Laredo)
- 1 environmental group (the treasurer of a sierra club chapter in Corpus Christi, for crying out loud – not even in the Eagle Ford Shale!)
This task force has:
no environmental scientistsTeresa Carrillo is a biologist, with experience in contaminants research, the US Fish&Wildlife Service, and the Coastal Bend Bays Foundation as the executive director.
- no public health experts
- no academics
- no public interest groups based in, or at least studying, the Eagle Ford Shale
- no concerned citizens group.
The majority of the people on this task force are financially vested in this activity. Who will speak for the people? Who will speak for the public interest? Where are the voices of those scientists and experts who are studying what impact this activity will have on our natural resources and public health?
This quote from Porter is really funny:
The biggest problem in North Texas, he said, was a lack of communication among communities, landowners and drilling companies.
So it/s not all the spills, the eminent domain, the emissions that make your nose bleed and cause you to barf, the trucks that run over your dogs and run you off the road, the noise and all the other stuff. Nope that’s not the problem. The problem is communication. <-laugh now->
Remember, this is the regulatory agency whose chairman said…