Our government–local, state and federal–knows about this and they are ignoring the imminent danger to several families.
A couple of weeks ago, Steve Lipsky wrote a letter to the EPA. The methane contamination plume in the aquifer in his area is getting much worse. People in that area now have methane bombs in their yards/garages that could ignite with one spark.
- President Obama knows about this.
- The EPA knows about this.
- The Texas Railroad Commission knows about this.
- Scientists know about this.
- Range Resources knows about this.
No one is doing anything about this.
Read the letter then watch these videos (The Texas Railroad Commission was present when the videos were taken). NOTE: 50,000 ppm is explosive limit.
- Lipsky water well: Explosive gases measured 90% or 900,000 ppm at the well head vent. Over 18 times explosive limits.
- Perdue water well: Methane measured over 170,000 ppm at the well head.
- Perdue water well: Methane measured 158,000 ppm at holding tank.
- Perdue water well: Explosive gases measured 67% or 670,000 ppm at the holding tank.
According to scientists, these are some of the highest numbers ever recorded.
UPDATE: Here is a list of the RRC employees present when the videos above were taken:
Kyle Lindquist, Terracon
David “Max” Majesko, Terracon
Trish Hudson, RRC District 7B Office
Chris Moore, RRC Austin Office
The RRC employees acknowledged that the vents and the water holding tank were at explosive levels. But they would not record them because they do not do air samples. It’s not my job!
The RRC did do water testing but it was only for isotopes. Here is a video of the RRC doing water testing. They would only test for isotopes and refused to test for total gas concentration in the water. According to Lipsky, they said they were not interested in the contamination of the water and were not interested in testing for it.
When the RRC filed their official report of the complaint, there was no mention of the explosive levels of methane and total gases. According to Lipsky the report implies that there is no dangerous situation. Yet, when confronted, they admitted that the well was very dangerous. They were unable to explain why that information was not in the official report. But I think I know why. It’s called malfeasance.
Someone needs to do something before it’s too late. STOP playing politics and gambling with these families lives.
photo credit: thetimes-tribune.com