I posted this late last night but thankfully a reporter was in the courtroom yesterday. Excerpts from her reporting with additional comments from an observer below under update.
I just heard the most fantastic tale from someone who lives in the Marcellus Shale. This person claims to have attended the preliminary arguments in this lawsuit: Families sue Range Resources for fraud and contamination. (I thought it would never get here.)
Said person claims they heard testimony (this person is not a lawyer and testimony is a legal term) from or about TestAmerica “the leading analytical laboratory for environmental testing services in the United States, with over 90 locations nationwide.”
TestAmerica has some cutting edge services for it’s customers. TotalAccess version 4.0 seems to give customers the option to customize and choose which data shows up on their test results. (You know, kind of exactly like what the DEP just got busted for. We call that FrackWatergate.)
Purely hypothetical here but that might allow a fracking company to customize their “data reporting” with just a few keystrokes to exclude any undesirable results.
You might want to check your stack of papers and see if you have any testing results from TestAmerica.
Update: Not hypothetical after all. Range Resources says…I’m not sure from reading this news report if they are saying they didn’t change the test reports or if they unintentionally changed them. What do you think?
Range denies intentionally providing inaccurate water testing results
By Linda Metz
jan 29, 2013
The plaintiffs claim Range did not provide them full water sampling results, which would have shown an array of contaminants related to their illnesses.
According to Kendra Smith, Range purposely omitted certain findings from the water testing results that showed contamination. She said the drilling company misrepresented the results even though it knew that the property owners were frantically trying to find the cause of their illnesses.
I don’t see in this report that Range denies using the magic keystrokes provided by TestAmerica to special customers so they can customize test results. They only deny it was intentional. Oopsie?
This is my favorite part but I’m not sure if he is saying you can’t trust us so test yourself or if he is comparing their test results to fake rings.
“It was the plaintiffs’ own water; they had the opportunity to have their water sampled,” said Range attorney Bruce Rende, referring to a case wherein a woman sued her husband over a ring he had given her. The case was thrown out by the court after it was determined the woman could have personally had the ring tested to confirm its authenticity, rather than accept her husband’s word.
The list of sick children, healthy dead horses (first time you saw those two words together?) and sick and dead dogs is too detailed to report here, but these families have been living a bizarre sort of arsenic and rash hell. You will find an earlier story about the Voyles, submitted by Eric Belcastro, linked [HERE].
You can read about the families and all their illnesses in the original pleading.
A picture of the water buffalo the Haney’s now use.