I told you so! I fracking told you so! Thank you WFAA and Brett Shipp for finally vindicating Steven Lipsky in your report tonight.
Welcome to his nightmare: Flaming well water
by BRETT SHIPP
WFAA, Posted on February 13, 201
I just want to add a bit.
A timeline of the Lipsky water well contamination:
- The Lipsky well was drilled in 2005 and, according to the company that drilled it, his water well had no methane in it.
- The well is approximately 120′ from the horizontal well bore.
- August 2009, production began from Range Resources Barnett Shale gas well.
- December 2009 the water well began to effervesce, which means it was bubbling like Seltzer.
Here is the video that Lipsky sent me in an email–the first contact we ever had–in late January 2011, six weeks AFTER the EPA stepped in with an Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Order. Listen to the narration. It’s pretty clear what’s going on. Still, the now disgraced, activist judge Troy Loftin ruled that this video was deceptive.
Today I read the Texas Railroad Commission’s ruling on this case. I made some notes but I won’t post all of those at this time. I do want to post this little bit because much has been made of the methane in other water wells in Parker County.
Notes from page 9: Regarding the other water wells in the area that had enough methane to flare, on page 9 under petroleum engineer John McBeath. First, these wells had methane that flared from the beginning. The Hurst well (they love to show a picture of that well flaring) “flowed sufficient gas” to flare “initially” but the gas was “depleted after a few months.” This would indicate a shallow pocket of gas such as the Strawn. The Oujesky water well “flowed gas for a couple of months.” The Lipsky well has been producing gas since 2009 and it’s not slowing down any at all. They also mention some public supply water wells.
There is a lot more to this story and I’ve been telling it piece by piece for over two years. I intend to continuing telling this story because I declined the invitation to be intimidated.
For the latest news on this see:
New AP Report Raises Alarming Questions about EPA’s Oversight of Oil and Gas Drillers
Did Range Resources pressure EPA or not? Who do you believe?
Sometimes thinking of Range Resources reminds me of Shakespeare.
Groups Call for EPA to Require Range Resources to Provide Clean Drinking Water to Texas Families
Groups Urge Investigation of EPA Actions in Texas Water Contamination Case