Range has been in the news lately but you might have missed some of it.
A story by Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter,Landowners’ rep says inspectors ignoring dangerous methane readings, says that the Texas Railroad Commission (RRC) failed “to report dangerous levels of methane at contaminated water wells.” (Failed is a word that attaches itself easily to the RRC.)
I blogged about it all when I warned that there are fracking bombs in Parker County.
On Wednesday: we got a threesome.
FIRST: Another story by Mike Soraghan, E&E reporter, “BARNETT SHALE: After dangerously high methane level detected, no reaction by EPA, Texas agency.” This one does not have a public link so I will give you some highlights.
This story is about Shelly Perdue whose water lights on fire like Steve Lipsky’s.
But there’s not much she can do. It’s her home, and she needs water.
Shelly figured out that the people testing for Range weren’t doing it right. Shelly has a vent at the well head just like Lipsky does and she has another vent on her holding tank. The Range testers where taking their water samples after the water vented off the methane at the wellhead and the tank.
The people who came to sample, she said, had been drawing water from a point in her line after a treatment tank, so the methane was allowed to escape.
When they came out in November 2012, she said she wanted them to sample the water where it came out of the ground and extract it in such a way that the methane was not allowed to escape. Grudgingly, she said, they agreed.
“I told the guys I would not allow them on my property,” Perdue said. “I told them, ‘You’re not getting correct readings.'”
Nice try there fellas.
Bryce Payne, a soil scientist hired by Perdue’s neighbor as part of the area’s long-running water contamination case, says the contamination in the area is much bigger than Perdue’s one high reading. He says EPA has accepted “bogus” test results from Range and its contractors for Perdue’s water well and 17 more belonging to her neighbors.
The results submitted to EPA by Range, he said, include contradictory data. One set shows acceptably low levels of methane in most of the water wells, while the other shows that those low levels can’t be correct.
There is lots more to the article but it requires a subscription. I’ll try to post a link here in a few days if they make it public.
SECOND: DeSmogBlog has a story about Steve, Fracking Victim Steve Lipsky’s Flaming Water is No Joke. She has some great pictures and video.
THIRD: Range Resources has to cough up the chemical composition of its fracking fluid. It’s going to take a while because Range doesn’t know what the composition is. (So much for telling health care professionals in cases where life is threatened.) This is the lawsuit where Range is accused of fraud in their testing results. Fraud is a synonym for bogus.