Early Tuesday morning I headed down to Austin. Tuesday afternoon I gave a presentation to a bunch of geologists and industry folks at the Shale-Gas Development and Water Issues conference. There were some interesting and tense moments. I might write more about that later.
Wednesday I testified at the public hearing for HB 448 by Dawnna Dukes which would require 30 days advance notice by mail of fracking and the anticipated (which means their best guess) chemicals used to all landowners within 500 feet.
This is a simple, reasonable bill that has to do with the right to know and the right to protect your property. This way people can get baseline testing. Industry showed up with some of the silliest objections you can imagine. Here’s my favorite:
They can’t give prior notice because they don’t know what chemicals they might use. The chemicals can change at the very last minute.
Baloney, someone has to order the stuff and get it to the frack job in time to frack.
Baseline testing is fracking’s kryptonite.
The bill will probably be amended to require 30 days advance notice that fracking will happen and chemicals will be used (but not list specific chemicals).
We need to push to get this bill passed. As I pointed out in my testimony, baseline testing is the only way landowners can protect their property and they have the right to know.
Here’s my testimony: