It’s impossible to get caught up so I’m not going to try. But I thought some of you might like to know where I’ve been this week.
Wilma Subra and I presented the findings from our air investigations in Karnes County to a packed house at a town hall in Panna Maria, Texas at the Historic Snoga’s Store.
There is one small farm road that runs through the tiny community of Panna Maria and locals said 300 oilfield trucks per day use this road with no regard for the speed limit or safety of elderly community members and school children.
Panna Maria is the site of the oldest Polish parish in America. The first mass was held on December 24, 1854 under an oak tree. The first church was built in 1855 and the current church was built in 1877.
The town hall was attended by regular, rural Americans who already had concerns about the dramatic way their rural way of life is rapidly changing. We heard stories of compromised health from exposure to emissions and one case of water that is no longer fit for human use.
We toured around Karnes and took pictures. We think this flag system for warning people about the levels of deadly hydrogen sulfide gas is a great idea!
We visited Marathon’s Frac Pond: Sugarhorn which is a huge impoundment pit where they recycle flowback. The next few photos are from that stinky mess.
We were most impressed with the spill kit.
Tuesday afternoon I flew to DC.
On Wednesday, Steve and Shyla Lipsky and Shelly Perdue from Parker County Texas, Craig Stevens and Ray Kembel from the Dimmock, Pennsylvania area and John Fenton from Pavilion, Wyoming met with the EPA. Then we had a press conference at Lincoln Square and walked to the EPA headquarters to deliver nearly 300,000 signatures asking them to reopen their investigations into water contamination in those areas. If you haven’t signed the petition, please do so now. We are still collecting signatures.
Thursday I flew back to San Antonio for a screening of Gasland Part II.
We headed out early Friday morning for a sold out screening of Gasland Part II in Dallas.
Here is a sticker on an oilfield truck:
We attended the Gasland Part II screening in Fort Worth.
There are lots of pictures on Facebook and Twitter of the Gasland screenings.