Bluedaze: Drilling Reform http://www.texassharon.com Texas Sharon Tue, 15 Apr 2014 04:47:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.3 Deceptive polling of Denton residents by fracking industry http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/14/deceptive-polling-of-denton-residents-by-fracking-industry/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/14/deceptive-polling-of-denton-residents-by-fracking-industry/#comments Tue, 15 Apr 2014 01:50:14 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13281

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Playing by the rules.

For nearly 5 years, Denton residents have tried everything possible to get reasonable regulation of the oil and gas industry in their city. They attended council meetings, participated in a sham drilling task force that was stacked with industry insiders, wrote letters, made phone calls, wrote draft regulations and…you name it, they tried it. They played by all the rules, dotted every “i” and crossed every “t”. Still industry is allowed to drill and frack only 250′ from neighborhoods where families with small children live.

There are already over 270 wells inside the city of Denton, Texas, but that’s not nearly enough for the industry. It’s never enough.

In a Natural Gas Intelligence article, industry spokesman, Ed Ireland, admitted that old permits issued by the fire department before the city’s oil and gas division existed allow an unlimited amount of wells to be drilled at each pad site in perpetuity

Denton-vintage-CalvinThat means there could be HUNDREDS of additional wells drilled and fracked inside Denton city limits!

A  loophole in the city ordinance allows these wells to be drilled and fracked only 200′ from homes.

As a very last resort, the Denton Drilling Awarness Group decided to circulate a petition to put to a vote an initiative to ban fracking in the city limits.

Deception that rivals the tobacco industry.

We knew industry would fight with their deep pockets and their deception but we didn’t know they would start the fight so early.

Denton residents report that they are receiving deceptive polling calls from a California number. Some residents have received several of these calls. A board member of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group received one of these calls.

Here are some of the questions reported and my response:

“How do you feel about your property taxes going up to pay for lawsuits related to the hydraulic fracturing ban?”

Flower Mound has been sued 5 times. They won 4 of those lawsuits and the 5th has been pending since 2010 with no discovery yet. Some of the court costs were returned to the city.

This is a scare tactic used by industry and some city officials have repeated this scare tactic without being fully informed. Please read “A Fracking Ban Will Not Sink the City” for a more realistic and informed opinion.

point-and-laugh-ha-ha“How do you feel about a group of liberal college students, who do not live in Denton, pushing the agenda for Frack Free Denton’s ban on hydraulic fracturing?”

This is so misleading and false it’s laughable. Frack Free Denton is the campaign of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group, which consists of: Cathy McMullen who is a registered nurse in her 50s, Adam Briggle who is a UNT professor in his 30s, Rhonda Love who is a retired professor in her 60s and Ed and Carol Soph, Ed is a UNT professor and I’m guessing Ed and Carol are 50ish. They are the board members and there are no other members. I’m am an adviser. They all own homes in Denton and have been long-time residents.

There has been zero involvement from MoveOn or any other “outside” group as one question claimed. CREDO sent out one email alert to their members. Earthworks is the only group involved and I worked in Denton for 7 years, lived there for several and will soon be moving back so my son can attend college there. So, I won’t be calling from a California number because I’m a 5th generation Texan who has never lived anywhere else.

“Would it change your opinion if you knew that this ban is illegal and will waste millions of dollars of Denton taxpayer money?”

It’s not illegal and the ban will hold up in court. Again see: “A Fracking Ban Will Not Sink the City

“…home rule cities have the inherent authority to do just about anything that qualifies as a ‘public purpose’ and is not contrary to the constitution or laws of the state.” Texas Municipal League

“Texas common law generally favors municipal authority to regulate oil and gas activities…. every direct challenge to a city’s police powers has been soundly defeated Timothy Ridley, “Wrangling with Urban Wildcatters.”

“Would it change your opinion if you knew that this ban would drive down property values throughout Denton?”

Drilling vs the American Dream: Fracking impacts on property rights and home values

Pollution Fears Crush Home Prices Near Fracking Wells

AT THE INTERSECTION OF WALL STREET AND MAIN: IMPACTS OF HYDRAULIC FRACTURING ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY INTERESTS, RISK ALLOCATION, AND IMPLICATIONS FOR THE SECONDARY MORTGAGE MARKET

The above are only three sources that show fracking diminishes property values. It also diminishes your enjoyment of our property due to noise, lights, truck traffic and horrible odors.

And only 2% of the royalties from fracking in Denton go to families who are residents of Denton. So Denton residents are not benefiting from fracking in their city.

“Would it change your opinion if you knew it would make us one of the most over-regulated communities in the country — on the same level as FRANCE

Hundreds of American cities have banned fracking in a effort to protect families’ health and well-being and to preserve the character of their cities.

This polling gives us an idea about the talking points industry will use to fight Frack Free Denton. The industry has unlimited resources to spend in Denton, Texas. All we have are our families, our private property and our city to protect.

 

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Help the FLIR videographer from Gasland 2 keep helping you. http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/14/help-the-flir-videographer-from-gasland-2-keep-helping-you/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/14/help-the-flir-videographer-from-gasland-2-keep-helping-you/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:25:19 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13276

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Frank Finan who was featured in Gasland 2 and has helped people in shale extraction area across the U.S. needs YOUR help NOW.

As Frank Finan said in Gasland 2, he stepped outside the box and paid over $80k for a FLIR camera to help people who are getting blasted by hazardous pollutants from shale oil and gas facilities. He has traveled all across the U.S., often on his own nickle, to give people videos that prove exposure.

Here is a video Frank took in Karnes County Texas.

Frank’s camera is in need of a very expensive repair. Calvin Tillman and ShaleTest are asking us to pitch in and help him get his camera fixed.

Click here to help Frank.

Help Frank so he can keep helping you!

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They are calling this the first fracking case on trial. http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/08/they-are-calling-this-the-first-fracking-case-on-trial/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/08/they-are-calling-this-the-first-fracking-case-on-trial/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 18:37:01 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13268

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More information posted at Daily Kos.

Aruba Petroleum–remember them–is going to trial today. They are saying this is the first fracking trial in the U.S. and I was there, up close and personal, the whole time.

Bob and Lisa Parr were neighbors to Tim and Christine Ruggiero in Wise County. I was there, in the Ruggiero kitchen, the day Lisa discovered that her timeline of doctor’s visits matched–exactly–Christine’s timeline of releases from the Aruba gas wells on her property.

I was often on the Ruggiero property and sometimes on the Parrs’. I saw the suffering of both families and experienced my own health impacts when I visited.  I gave tours to journalists, government officials, environmentalists and others so they could witness for themselves the impacts of fracking. The people on the tours often got headaches and sore throats while we were.

The Ruggiero and Parr case studies were included in Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety and I presented these case studies to the EPA at Research Triangle Park and in DC.

This is Bob, Lisa and Emma Parr on their wedding day on the 40 acres where Bob built a beautiful custom home.

wedding day

This is a picture of what their life became shortly after.

After

They were surrounded by gas wells.

Lisa’s suffered from

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Nausea
  • Rashes that left her scarred with pock-marks.
  • She had biopsies of the oozing welts on her scalp and the 4 ping-pong-ball-sized lumps on her neck.
  • Testing showed drilling chemicals in Lisa’s blood and lungs that match chemicals detected by the state in air testing outside her home.
  • She had a whole host of other ailments.

Bob and Emma also suffered various health impacts.

I didn’t realize that this is the first time a fracking case has gone to trial. I guess that’s because the rest of the lawsuits get buried here:

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Update: Official: Mortgage lenders refuse loans on fracked property http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/04/official-mortgage-lenders-refuse-loans-on-fracked-property/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/04/official-mortgage-lenders-refuse-loans-on-fracked-property/#comments Fri, 04 Apr 2014 14:45:00 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13259

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Is your property leased for unconventional drilling and fracking? Sorry, no mortgage for you. Do you have unconventional drilling and fracking as a neighbor? Sorry, your property has been devalued.

US Finance Post: Mortgages and Hydraulic Fracturing
Reporter: Jayson Derrick April 3, 2014

The CEO and president of the credit union is quoted as saying that if an owner allows a rig on his land, “I have to say to your neighbors,” sorry, but your property has been devalued.

Mortgage institutions are refusing mortgages on properties that are leased for unconventional drilling and fracking and on properties with wells on them.

It seems they don’t care much for the split estate either.

…the combination of property rights on the surface and drilling rights underground is one that does not work.

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Tim and Christine’s home (picture) was devalued 75%.

In Argyle, TX, the Sizeloves home was valued at $361,000 on the 2009 tax rolls and was valued at $95,000 on the 2010 tax rolls.

In Arlington, Kim Feil’s home was devalued 30% because she has a facility 1/2 mile away.

Did you work hard to buy your home hoping to grab a small slice of the American pie? Sorry, but…

you’ve been fracked!

Expect things to get worse with each LNG export permit that gets approved.

Right after I posted this, I received a new article to be published in the Albany Law Review.

UPDATE to add this new research:

At the Intersection of Wall Street and Main: Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Residential Property Interests, Risk Allocation, and Implications for the Secondary Mortgage Market

A few of the many interesting points:

  • A lease diminishes a home’s market value.
  • An apparent nexus between gas drilling operations and contaminated water diminished value.
  • Structural damage to the residence represents another cause for concern.
  • Questions about restoration of property effect long term value because a mortgage lender expects the residence and land to retain its value for the life of the loan.
  • Compulsory integration creates issues that reduce value.
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OMG! I am so shocked (not) that Texas lied about the cancer cluster! http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/01/omg-i-am-so-shocked-not-that-texas-lied-about-the-cancer-cluster/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/04/01/omg-i-am-so-shocked-not-that-texas-lied-about-the-cancer-cluster/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 16:58:34 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13254

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Um, hell yeah the state lied. This study sat in Governor Rick Perry’s office for months before they released it.

But let’s get real here:

Who thinks you can breathe hydrocarbons and not get sick?

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Now, would someone (besides Earthworks) please study the Dish blood and urine study conducted by the state? Because, as I’ve been saying, the real results of that study are entirely different from the state’s spin.

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Denton Premier of Gasland 2! This Thursday April 3 at Dan’s Silverleaf. http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/31/denton-premier-of-gasland-2-this-thursday-april-3-at-dans-silverleaf/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/31/denton-premier-of-gasland-2-this-thursday-april-3-at-dans-silverleaf/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 02:51:32 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13248

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Free Screening of Gasland 2

Thursday April 3rd, 7:30 p.m. at Dan’s Silverleaf

Frack Free Denton, Earthworks, and the Denton Drilling Awareness Group are proud to offer a screening of Josh Fox’s Gasland 2 this Thursday April 3rd at 7:30 p.m. at Dan’sSilverleaf - 103 Industrial Street in Denton. The film is free and open to the public. Stars of the film will be on hand, including State Representative Lon Burnam and former Mayor of Dish Calvin Tillman. Frack Free Denton t-shirts and other cool gear will be available for purchase, and you can of course register to vote, sign the petition to ban fracking, and learn about ways to get involved with the Frack Free Denton campaign.

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ICYMI: Important fracking news http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/19/icymi-important-fracking-news/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/19/icymi-important-fracking-news/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 19:03:20 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13218

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This could be a huge blow to industry. Imagine admitting you used acrylonitrile in your fracking concoction then acrylonitrile turns up in the landowner’s water. Oops!

Wyoming Supreme Court Rejects Fracking Industry Argument to Withhold Chemicals As Trade Secrets “It is important for public health and safety that citizens have timely access to what chemicals are used in fracking operations on and near our land,” stated Kristi Mogen, Resource Council Board Member who lives near fracking operations in Converse County, Wyoming. “We applaud Powder River Basin Resource Council for their hard work in bringing this case and for their dedication to empowering the residents of Wyoming.”

‘Full Disclosure’ of Frack Chemicals Urged by Energy Department Advisors

The “Task Force Report on FracFocus 2.0” from the Secretary of Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) said state and federal regulators should adopt standards for companies making trade secret claims for fracking fluid ingredients and establish a compliance process and challenge mechanism.

International Energy Agency says only a decade left of U.S. shale boom

A surge in US oil and natural gas production has lifted hopes about North American energy security, but that growth will plateau and will be difficult to replicate elsewhere, says Maria van der Hoeven, chief executive of the International Energy Agency, in an interview with the Monitor.

Natural gas prices could rise 54% severely damaging the American economy if we export American natural gas.

Natural Gas as a Diplomatic Tool” (editorial, March 7), supporting calls to export American natural gas overseas in response to the crisis in Ukraine, doesn’t mention the effect that exports would have on the American economy. The editorial concedes that the United States cannot tell companies where to sell exports. The free market would likely send gas to higher priced markets in Asia or South America. Approving exports is an ineffective way to assist Ukraine. Yet the editorial doesn’t mention the devastating economic impact from exporting American gas. We have already approved five export terminals. The Energy Department has warned that if we approve one more, United States prices could increase by 54 percent, potentially translating into a de facto tax of $62 billion a year. That export tax would cripple America’s manufacturing renaissance, crush consumers and destroy millions of potential jobs. We should resist the calls to rush more exports as an ineffective foreign policy tool that would severely damage the American economy. EDWARD J. MARKEY Malden, Mass., March 10, 2014

America’s dirtiest secret How billions of barrels of toxic oil and gas waste are falling through regulatory cracks

the oil and gas industry’s other contamination problems are so large, they have literally been deemed impossible to prevent or even clean up by both industry and government. As a result, an unimaginable tonnage of contamination is being placed into our environment every year thanks to the near total lack of regulations over oil and gas exploration and production wastes. The story behind this unregulated onslaught of contamination is so bizarre as to seem impossible, but it isn’t.

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Judge in Denton fracking case has conflict of interest http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/17/judge-in-denton-fracking-case-has-conflict-of-interest/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/17/judge-in-denton-fracking-case-has-conflict-of-interest/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:32:49 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13225

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Judge Doug Robison who presides over the 393rd District Court and will hear Case No. 14-01430-393 where homeowners are suing EagleRidge Energy is heavily invested in the oil and gas industry and profits directly from drilling in Denton County.

Forty-three homeowners in the Vintage and Meadows at Hickory Creek neighborhoods have filed a lawsuit against EagleRidge Energy, seeking up to $25 million in damages for creating what the suit claims are nuisances that have diminished the value of their properties.
Denton Record Chronicle: Lawsuit filed against company

EagleRidge Energy drilled and fracked several wells about 250 feet from the Vintage and Meadows neighborhoods. This process took several months, exposed them to nuisances including noise, lights, truck traffic and toxic chemicals that trespassed onto their property. Now their homes are neighbors to two heavy industrial facilities and they are left with ongoing disturbances, risk of repeated exposures and diminished property values.

Judge Robison’s financial records along with many other officials are available at the Denton Record Chronicle . If homeowners win a lawsuit against any operator in the Denton area, it will make things harder for other operators. Finding for the homeowners would have a direct impact on Robison’s pocketbook.

The Record-Chronicle evaluated hundreds of pages of personal financial statements for 53 county and city officials as part of Sunshine Week, a 13-year-old national initiative by journalists and open-government advocates held in March to promote public access to government records. Sunshine Week begins today and ends Friday.
Denton Record Chronicle: Close to the vest

Here are some items of interest in Robison’s financial records.

First up, Robison receives royalty payments on minerals rights that were leased to Hillwood Oil & Gas Operating Co. Lp. The Whitehead Hall Unit 1h and Jenkins Unit 1h were both drilled from the same padsite.

Whitehead Hall & Jenkins wells circled in pink, padsite labeled.
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This Hillwood well is the one that caused a haze of fumes around Argyle High School and caused the students  to complain about health effects.

Parents voice health concerns LINK FIXED (pdf)
Gas drilling near Argyle schools making kids ill, residents tell board
Sunday, October 24, 2010
By Lowell Brown and Britney Tabor

Complaints about students with nosebleeds, dizziness, disorientation and nausea started appearing on the alliance’s blog in early October. Some residents reported smelling rotten eggs, a smell associated with sulfides, while others reported odors similar to gas, pesticides and fingernail polish remover.

Here is a map showing the Hillwood padsite for the Whitehead Hall and Jenkins wells 1/2 mile from Argyle High School. Larger version

school map

The TCEQ did testing because of numerous complaints and found 64 different chemicals on the lot where the high school band practices. This is significant because baseline testing in the area before drilling was well advanced showed only 7 chemicals and toxicologists now know that co-exposures to two carcinogens can double your risk of cancer. Toxicologists are just beginning to study the mixtures of chemicals and how they can magnify the effects as explained in this excellent video by Dr. David Brown.

I accompanied a bunch of the parents to speak at the Argyle ISD Board Meeting. Robison was a board member for the Argye ISD from 2000-2006 so he wasn’t there when we spoke. While he was on the board, he recused himself from discussions about oil and gas on May 15, 2006, which is an admission of a conflict of interest. (He likely recused himself other times but I’m too lazy to look those up.)

Robison knew the value of minerals even back in 2006 when he sold a chunk of land in Argyle and retained the mineral rights. If fracking expands in that area he stands to make significant profits.

Judge Doug Robison retained minerals on land sale to DEMA

Here are some other items on Robison’s financial statement that I found interesting.

He owns stock in the following companies:

Adam’s Resources & Energy, Inc
Boardwalk Pipeline Partners
Cheniere Energy Partners LP holds a permit to export natural gas from the Gulf Coast and some of that gas could come from Denton.
Chevron
Cliff’s Natural Resources
Compass Minerals
ConocoPhillips
Copona Energy LLC
CSX Corp – profits from shipping related materials
DCP Midstream Partners LP
Devon Energy Corporation – one of the main operators in Denton County.
Diamond Offshore Drilling
ExxonMobil
Hess Corp
Holly Energy Partners LLP
Linn Energy
Magellan Midstream Partners
Monsanto – not an oil and gas corporation but seriously?
Nestle – profits from selling water for fracking and a heinous, evil corporation.
Phillips 66
Schlumberger
US Silica Holdings – supplies frac sand
Valero Energy Corp
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners Ltd – has a really nasty facility in Ponder
Kinder Morgan Inc DE
Spectra Energy Corp.
Breitburn Energy Partners Unit LP
Royal Dutch Shell PLC ADR
Titan International
Ultra Petroleum Corp.

He receives royalties from the following companies:

Hillwood Operating, LP

And he owes a note of between $1000 and $9999 to

DTN Operating company

Robison owns more acreage in the Argyle area and our investigations are ongoing. But this is plenty of proof that Robison should recuse himself from hearing this case.

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Denton Fracking Ban Exceeds Ballot Signature Requirement http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/14/denton-fracking-ban-exceeds-ballot-signature-requirement/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/14/denton-fracking-ban-exceeds-ballot-signature-requirement/#comments Fri, 14 Mar 2014 15:48:08 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13220

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14 2014

CONTACT:
Cathy McMullen, Denton DAG, 214-632-3735, cathymcmullen@live.com
Sharon Wilson, Earthworks, 940-389-1622, swilson@earthworksaction.org

FRACKING BAN EXCEEDS SIGNATURE REQUIREMENT TO GET ON NOVEMBER BALLOT

In face of city govt opposition, group continues signature drive at local events

I-signed-buttonDenton, TX (Mar 14) – Frack Free Denton today announced they have gathered substantially more than the required signatures to put their fracking ban initiative on the November ballot.  Denton City charter requires signatures equal to 25% of votes cast in the most recent general election for an initiative to get on the ballot.

Denton Drilling Awareness Group (DAG), which was formed by members of the city’s Drilling Advisory Group after their recommendations were largely ignored by the city, launched Frack Free Denton, the fracking ban signature drive on February 20, 2014.

Denton city government, which supports fracking-enabled oil and gas development within city limits, has a track record of ignoring its citizens and giving industry a free rein. Decisions are made in closed sessions without citizen input.

“Our city government is clearly more interested in protecting the fracking industry than its citizens,” said Cathy McMullen, DAG president. She continued, “That’s why we need to gather as many signatures as possible, to show they’ll pay a political price if they try to thwart their constituents’ wishes.”

Yesterday, DAG released a short video (http://bit.ly/FFD-econ-video) demonstrating that Denton citizens are forced to weather the health and safety impacts of fracking-enabled oil and gas development without benefitting economically.

“As far as I know, fracking companies can’t vote. It makes one wonder why the city is prioritizing fracking over Denton’s public health, especially since Denton residents aren’t really economically benefiting from fracking,“ said McMullen.

Upcoming fracking ban ballot initiative signature gathering events include:

Saturday, March 15
Denia neighborhood
2302 Jacqueline Dr
Denton, TX 76205

Saturday March 29
North Branch Library
3020 N. Locust
Denton, Tx 76209

Thursday, April 3 at 7:30 PM
The first Denton showing of Josh Fox’s Gasland 2
Dan’s Silverleaf, 103 Industrial Street.
FREE ADMISSION.

MORE INFO about events and the fracking ban initiative at http://frackfreedenton.com

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EDIT: Please consider a donation to FrackFreeDenton. Helping Denton helps everyone faced with the unbearable impacts from fracking. 

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Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger, Report Finds http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/13/fracking-boom-would-increase-californias-earthquake-danger-report-finds/ http://www.texassharon.com/2014/03/13/fracking-boom-would-increase-californias-earthquake-danger-report-finds/#comments Thu, 13 Mar 2014 13:58:15 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=13215

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Earthworks * Clean Water Action * Center for Biological Diversity

press RELEASE: Mar 13, 2014

Contacts:
Alan Septoff, (202) 887-1872×105, aseptoff@earthworksaction.org
Patrick Sullivan, (415) 517-9364, psullivan@biologicaldiversity.org
Andrew Grinberg, (415) 369-9172, agrinberg@cleanwater.org

Fracking Boom Would Increase California’s Earthquake Danger, Report Finds

Hundreds of Oil Wastewater Wells Near Active Faults and Major Cities Already Raising Quake Risk for Millions of Californians

CoverSAN FRANCISCO — Oil companies are increasing California’s earthquake risk by injecting billions of gallons of oil and gas wastewater a year into hundreds of disposal wells near active faults around Los Angeles, Bakersfield and other major cities, according to a new report from Earthworks, the Center for Biological Diversity and Clean Water Action.

A boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California would worsen the danger of earthquakes, the report finds, by greatly increasing oil wastewater production and underground injection. Extracting the Monterey Shale’s oil could produce almost 9 trillion gallons of contaminated wastewater, the report estimates. That could expose California to a surge in damaging earthquakes like those seen in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states experiencing rapidly increased fracking and wastewater production.

On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California finds that millions of Californians live in areas threatened by oil industry-induced earthquakes. Academic research and government experts conclude that wastewater injection can reduce faults’ natural friction and trigger earthquakes.

State officials have not examined whether past earthquakes were triggered by fracking or disposal wells, and existing and proposed regulations do not adequately address the risk. Because of research and knowledge gaps and inadequate monitoring, state officials cannot protect Californians from induced quakes.

“This isn’t rocket science. We’ve known for decades that wastewater injection increases earthquake risk,” said report co-author Jhon Arbelaez of Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project. He continued, “Since Gov. Brown resolutely refuses to learn from other communities’ experience with fracking across the country, our only option to protect California families is to prevent fracking altogether.”

“An oil fracking boom in California could raise the risk of devastating earthquakes in some of our biggest cities,” said report coauthor Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., of the Center for Biological Diversity. “State officials are ignoring the problem, but as risky new oil production techniques spread, we could see trillions of gallons of wastewater shot into the ground near active faults. We need to nip this danger in the bud by halting fracking and acidizing.”

“The risk of seismic impacts is yet another illustration that the massive wastestream resulting from oil production threatens California’s drinking water and public safety,” said report coauthor Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action. ”While threats to water, air and health have been well-documented, our emerging understanding of the risk of induced seismicity is yet another reason for a time-out on fracking. The findings in this report continue this troubling trend: the more we learn about California’s oil industry, the more cause we find for alarm.”

The On Shaky Ground report’s key findings:

A boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in California would worsen the danger of earthquakes, the report finds, by greatly increasing oil wastewater production and underground injection. Extracting the Monterey Shale’s oil could produce almost 9 trillion gallons of contaminated wastewater, the report estimates. That could expose California to a surge in damaging earthquakes like those seen in Oklahoma, Texas, and other states experiencing rapidly increased fracking and wastewater production.

On Shaky Ground: Fracking, Acidizing, and Increased Earthquake Risk in California finds that millions of Californians live in areas threatened by oil industry-induced earthquakes. Academic research and government experts conclude that wastewater injection can reduce faults’ natural friction and trigger earthquakes.

State officials have not examined whether past earthquakes were triggered by fracking or disposal wells, and existing and proposed regulations do not adequately address the risk. Because of research and knowledge gaps and inadequate monitoring, state officials cannot protect Californians from induced quakes.

“This isn’t rocket science. We’ve known for decades that wastewater injection increases earthquake risk,” said report co-author Jhon Arbelaez of Earthworks’ Oil and Gas Accountability Project. He continued, “Since Gov. Brown resolutely refuses to learn from other communities’ experience with fracking across the country, our only option to protect California families is to prevent fracking altogether.”

“An oil fracking boom in California could raise the risk of devastating earthquakes in some of our biggest cities,” said report coauthor Shaye Wolf, Ph.D., of the Center for Biological Diversity. “State officials are ignoring the problem, but as risky new oil production techniques spread, we could see trillions of gallons of wastewater shot into the ground near active faults. We need to nip this danger in the bud by halting fracking and acidizing.”

“The risk of seismic impacts is yet another illustration that the massive wastestream resulting from oil production threatens California’s drinking water and public safety,” said report coauthor Andrew Grinberg of Clean Water Action. ”While threats to water, air and health have been well-documented, our emerging understanding of the risk of induced seismicity is yet another reason for a time-out on fracking. The findings in this report continue this troubling trend: the more we learn about California’s oil industry, the more cause we find for alarm.”

The On Shaky Ground report’s key findings: http://www.shakyground.org/

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Roywell Services, a company that services oil wells in six locations in Texas dumped “xylene acid and other chemicals down a manhole cover on its property. The manhole connects to the Odessa city sewer.”

Well, you just have to listen to the news report.

The Odessa sewer system has elevated levels of Xylene.

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