Texas Sharon's Bluedaze http://www.texassharon.com Fracking News Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:18:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Fracking KILLS BABIES http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/22/fracking-kills-babies/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/22/fracking-kills-babies/#comments Mon, 22 Jun 2015 23:18:00 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15224 Fracking kills babies. There are no mythical economic benefits worth killing our babies. What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah? A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions By Paul Solotaroff June 22, 2015 New evidence comes out everyday condemning fracking and Texas lawmakers, with HB40, have made it […]

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Fracking kills babies.

There are no mythical economic benefits worth killing our babies.

What’s Killing the Babies of Vernal, Utah?
A fracking boomtown, a spike in stillborn deaths and a gusher of unanswered questions
By Paul Solotaroff June 22, 2015

New evidence comes out everyday condemning fracking and Texas lawmakers, with HB40, have made it impossible for us to protect ourselves from fracking.

In the Rolling Stone article, the TCEQ admits that they refused to investigate this incident that impacted people for 20 miles with dangerous fracking air pollution:

TCEQ REFUSED TO RESPOND WHILE THIS AIR POLLUTION TRAVELED 20 MILES

TCEQ

They admitted it. The TCEQ will not protect you. Fracking kills babies.
n some of these communities, leaders came forward to seek help and information from county officials. What came back, over and over, though, was ringing silence, as health-department representatives shrugged and hung up. “In Karnes County alone, we had two blowouts last week, one that covered everything in a coat of oil and methane, including people’s homes and livestock,” says Sharon Wilson, the state organizer in Texas for a national nonprofit called Earthworks, which helps small communities, like Karnes City in southeast Texas, fight back against billionaire drillers. In another disaster, a well leaked methane for days, but when Wilson called the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, she was told that they wouldn’t send an inspector because she didn’t “live in the area.” “I told him I was only calling because the residents there tried to, but couldn’t get a response from him.” (A spokeswoman for TCEQ told Rolling Stone that since “Ms. Wilson is not a resident [of Karnes County], she has limited ability to document nuisance conditions,”

I had a FLIR camera and I have the same certification TCEQ investigators have.

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Industry should pay for frackquake damage http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/21/industry-should-pay-for-frackquake-damage/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/21/industry-should-pay-for-frackquake-damage/#comments Sun, 21 Jun 2015 15:00:59 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15217 It is time for industry to pay for frackquake damage. Three papers  dealing with frackquakes came out this week, one from University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey, another from Stanford University and another from Caltech. From the University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey: “the entire increase in […]

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It is time for industry to pay for frackquake damage.

Three papers  dealing with frackquakes came out this week, one from University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey, another from Stanford University and another from Caltech.

From the University of Colorado Boulder and the United States Geological Survey:

“the entire increase in the number of earthquakes in the U.S. midcontinent is associated with injection wells…” Inside Climate News, Yes, Those Earthquakes Are Caused by Fracking Boom, Studies Confirm

This study links Fracking Waste Injection Wells to 60% of Earthquakes in Central and Eastern U.S.

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder found that of the underground wells associated with earthquakes, 66% were used for oil recovery, a type of injection well. Other wells, those involving saltwater disposal, were 1.5 times as likely as oil recovery wells to be associated with earthquakes. Source

From two geologists at Stanford University:

greater seismicity in certain counties in Oklahoma was often preceded by 5- to 10-fold increases in the volume of wastewater injected. Inside Climate News

From CalTech, where they injected only 250 gallons of fluid into a fault where sensors had been installed:

Now, for the first time, researchers at Caltech and other institutions in the United States and France have observed how fluid injection sets off microearthquakes on a sizable, subterranean fault.
Fluid Injection’s Role in Man-Made Earthquakes Revealed

Science is finally catching up to what people who live near fracking have known for years. Fracking causes earthquakes. While science is catching up and industry is denying any responsibility while raking in profit, people are getting hurt.

It’s time for industry to pay for frackquake damage.

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“RAISE HELL: The Life & Times of Molly Ivins.” http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/18/raise-hell-the-life-times-of-molly-ivins/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/18/raise-hell-the-life-times-of-molly-ivins/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 22:51:25 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15214 Taking a fracking break to let you know about an exciting documentary that is in the works. This is from Letters From Texas: Please visit the film’s Kickstarter page and watch the footage so far, then consider helping them reach their financial goal so that they can complete this work. Molly was an essential voice […]

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Taking a fracking break to let you know about an exciting documentary that is in the works.

This is from Letters From Texas:

Please visit the film’s Kickstarter page and watch the footage so far, then consider helping them reach their financial goal so that they can complete this work. Molly was an essential voice in progressive politics, and we owe it to her to make sure her voice continues through this important documentary.
I visited. I kickstarted. I hope you will too.
Now, back to kicking fracking’s ass.

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Thinking about the Denton fracking ban repeal http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/17/thinking-about-the-denton-fracking-ban-repeal/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/17/thinking-about-the-denton-fracking-ban-repeal/#comments Thu, 18 Jun 2015 01:32:27 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15198 Last night the City of Denton voted to repeal the Denton fracking ban. Bill kept me at home but I did send a statement of support for repeal from Earthworks as an intervener in the lawsuits. Unfortunately, the statement was not received in time so I will include it at the end of this post. […]

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Last night the City of Denton voted to repeal the Denton fracking ban. Bill kept me at home but I did send a statement of support for repeal from Earthworks as an intervener in the lawsuits. Unfortunately, the statement was not received in time so I will include it at the end of this post.

The meeting lasted until after 1:00 AM and I watched until the bitter end. It was a long meeting and I had a lot of thoughts. Here are some of those thoughts:

Six years ago this month was the first time I stood in the council chambers when Cathy McMullen, Margaret Neale and I gave citizen reports on hydraulic fracturing. I moved to Denton two months later.

The faces of the council members are not the only changes in six years. The council six years ago was dramatically different. I guess if you weren’t there six years ago, you might not appreciate the change. This council listens. That council didn’t. I feel like this council is a part of the community. I trust this council. I had absolutely no trust for that other council.

It is disturbing that adults have such a poor understanding of how the legal system works.

This was hard painful to watch.

There are things about the lawsuits that the general public will never know. Settlement negotiations are confidential. That is unfortunate and I hate it.

Read between the lines when someone says the negotiations have failed.

Listen between the lines.

I remember standing in the freezing rain all day on election day and Aimee brought me steaming hot chocolate from Big Mike’s.

I did not like the way some people berated the city. That was unfair.

Not a winning strategy.

Not a winning strategy.

Everyone is angry. There is an appropriate target for that anger and it’s the industry and everyone who voted for HB40.

The repeal is a beginning not an end. We found our power in unity before and we will do it again.

There is a lot of work to do. We all were hoping the work was over and we could get on with our lives.

This is what I’m doing for the rest of my life.

Strong leadership prevents chaos.

Earthworks statement supporting the repeal of the Denton fracking ban.

Denton residents came together and forever changed the world’s perception of fracking by rejecting it where it was born. From China to Europe to South Africa, Denton has become a symbol of a community’s power.

The oil and gas industry’s arrogance overturned democracy by forcing HB40 through the state legislature making Denton’s fracking ban illegal. Their arrogance will be their undoing.

With great regret, Earthworks supports the city of Denton’s repeal of the ordinance that enacts and enforces Denton’s fracking ban.

It is because of Denton’s importance to all Texans that the ban’s repeal is necessary. If the city is forced to defend the ban ordinance in court, the best legal minds in the country tell us that — not only will the city lose, but it could make undoing HB40 more difficult for all Texas cities.

Denton, and an increasing number of communities around Texas, are moving forward together to restore our democracy, and with it our right to determine our own future.

Here is the ordinance to repeal:

Denton_Repeal

 

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Study: Fracking water pollution widespread in North Texas http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/17/study-fracking-water-pollution-widespread-in-north-texas/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/17/study-fracking-water-pollution-widespread-in-north-texas/#comments Wed, 17 Jun 2015 13:51:17 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15186 UPDATE: WFAA report, ‘Alarming’ study shows dangerous water along Barnett Shale Energywire: Texas study finds drilling contaminants in groundwater “We found way more contamination in areas that have been heavily drilled,” said biochemist Zachariah Hildenbrand. “A lot of these compounds are drilling-specific. There are some pretty telltale signs. Fracking water pollution is widespread in North […]

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UPDATE: WFAA report, ‘Alarming’ study shows dangerous water along Barnett Shale

Energywire: Texas study finds drilling contaminants in groundwater

“We found way more contamination in areas that have been heavily drilled,” said biochemist Zachariah Hildenbrand. “A lot of these compounds are drilling-specific. There are some pretty telltale signs.

Fracking water pollution is widespread in North Texas

A comprehensive study of potential groundwater pollution from “unconventional oil and gas drilling” found widespread pollution in North Texas private and public drinking water.

The UT Arlington team tested 550 water samples collected from public and private water wells in North Texas’ Barnett Shale region over the past three years. It found elevated levels of 10 different metals as well as the presence of 19 different chemicals compounds including so-called BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylenes) compounds associated with hydraulic fracturing. The study also found elevated levels of methanol and ethanol. Source

Download the study HERE or HERE

Abstract:

The exploration of unconventional shale energy reserves and the extensive use of hydraulic fracturing during well stimulation have raised concerns about the potential effects of unconventional oil and gas extraction (UOG) on the environment. Most accounts of groundwater contamination have focused primarily on the compositional analysis of dissolved gases to address whether UOG activities have had deleterious effects on overlying aquifers. Here, we present an analysis of 550 groundwater samples collected from private and public supply water wells drawing from aquifers overlying the Barnett shale formation of Texas. We detected multiple volatile organic carbon compounds throughout the region, including various alcohols, the BTEX family of compounds, and several chlorinated compounds. These data do not necessarily identify UOG activities as the source of contamination; however, they do provide a strong impetus for further monitoring and analysis of groundwater quality in this region as many of the compounds we detected are known to be associated with UOG techniques.

Nuggets from the study

  • analysis of 550 groundwater samples collected from private and public supply water wells drawing from aquifers overlying the Barnett shale formation of Texas.
  • multiple volatile organic carbon compounds throughout the region, including various
    61 alcohols, the BTEX family of compounds, and several chlorinated compounds.
  • elevated levels of 10 different metals and the presence of 117 different chemical compounds, including benzene, toluene, ethyl benzene and xylene (BTEX).
  • 350 samples came from private wells serving residential purposes
  • 59 samples came from agricultural water wells
  • 141 samples came from 152 municipal or public water supply wells servicing communities throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
  • methanol and/or ethanol were detected in 35 and 240 wells respectively. Methanol and ethanol both are used extensively in unconventional drilling as anti-corrosive agents and gelling agents.
  • Dichloromethane (DCM) was detected in 122 samples. [DCM is an industrial solvent that has been detected in air samples and flowback in fracking areas.]
  • “At least one of the BTEX (benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene) class of compounds was detected in 381 of 550 collected samples, and 10 wells had detectable amounts of all four BTEX compounds.”
  • “Toluene, ethylbenzene, and three xylene isomers were also found to be prevalent throughout the Trinity and Woodbine aquifers.”
  • “Cyclohexane was also detected in 221 of the 550 collected samples”

You need to read the whole study to get the complete picture of all the above bullets.

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Pipeline Explosion in Eagle Ford Shale near Cuero http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/15/pipeline-explosion-in-eagle-ford-shale-near-cuero/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/15/pipeline-explosion-in-eagle-ford-shale-near-cuero/#comments Mon, 15 Jun 2015 12:45:18 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15172 UPDATE: From the Victoria Advocate Energy Transfer Partners reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that as much as 165,732 pounds of volatile organic compounds may have burned before the company was able to isolate the line. Volatile organic compounds can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; headaches; loss of coordination; nausea; […]

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UPDATE: From the Victoria Advocate

Energy Transfer Partners reported to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that as much as 165,732 pounds of volatile organic compounds may have burned before the company was able to isolate the line.

Volatile organic compounds can cause irritation of the eyes, nose and throat; headaches; loss of coordination; nausea; and damage to the liver, kidney and central nervous system, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Many organic compounds are suspected of causing or known to cause cancer in humans.

This pictures was taken by a friend who was driving through the area last night. The photo came with this text:

I saw a huge, tall cloud & pulled off of hwy 183 as I got to the top of a hill and saw the giant fire that was making the smoke cloud so I took this photo ( unfortunately, this photo is unable to convey the scale of it). This was as I was driving north towards Cuero this evening a little after 8 p.m. Oil and gas related, I bet. After sunset, even north of Gonzales, I could see the orange glow from the fire in the distance.

Last night around 8:00 PM I received a text from another person who lives in the area. The text and photo  said it was a Devon pipeline. Today we learn it was an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline.

DevonPipelineExplosion
Natural gas pipeline rupture in South Texas sparks large fire, prompting evacuations

CUERO, Texas — Authorities say no one was injured after a natural gas pipeline rupture sparked a massive fire that prompted home evacuations in South Texas.

UPDATE: Do not forget that industry is not interested in raising the bar on these incidents. They want to lower the bar. From the psyops conference:

Moderator Michael J. Basile sound bite: How can we lower the bar of the public’s expectations associated with the reality of mistakes   LISTEN

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Various Fracking Updates: Encana Blowout, HB40 Op-eds, EPA Fracking Study, etc. http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/14/various-fracking-updates-encana-blowout-hb40-op-eds-epa-fracking-study-etc/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/14/various-fracking-updates-encana-blowout-hb40-op-eds-epa-fracking-study-etc/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 19:29:36 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15163 Random thoughts about fracking updates I think are important: A big Encana blowout boo-hoo Poor Encana. They lost $197k for the 138,000 gallons of oil spewed over 1000 acres during the blowout. Aerial photos show where that oil ended up. Source MORE: Encana reported that the oil rig accident released tens of thousands of pounds […]

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Random thoughts about fracking updates I think are important:

A big Encana blowout boo-hoo

Poor Encana. They lost $197k for the 138,000 gallons of oil spewed over 1000 acres during the blowout. Aerial photos show where that oil ended up. Source

MORE:

Encana reported that the oil rig accident released tens of thousands of pounds of 18 different types of gases as well as 760,956 pounds of crude oil into the air.

Based on the specific gravity of the crude oil, the amount released into the air is equal to approximately 3,293 barrels of oil, which at the current market price of $60 a barrel would have been worth $197,580.  Source

TXOGA provided “I love fracking” op-ed for public officials.

Need an “I love fracking” op-ed? Todd Staples and TXOGA are at your service.

In the opinion piece, versions of which have appeared in at least seven newspapers, including the San Antonio Express-News and theAmerican-Statesman, officials from Karnes City, Pleasanton, Midland and Lubbock argue that, with the recently signed law, “lawmakers got it right by relying on fact-based information to develop a balanced solution for Texas.”

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It’s “a practice we vigorously discourage, although I suspect it sometimes happens,” said Kate Riley, who is the Seattle Times editorial page editor and who has served as vice president of the Association of Opinion Journalists. Statesman

Two points:

  1. Who cares what Karnes City, Pleasanton and Midland have to say about fracking? Not many cities see them as a role model. Lubbock residents are trying.
  2. The media keeps repeating this because they don’t really understand HB40: The law clarifies that oil and gas regulation is the exclusive jurisdiction of the state.” See my tweet below.

EPA Frack Study.

How to ever untangle the utter mess the media made of this? Way to be fracking industry stenographers! The most important takeaway:

Excellent reporting from Canada: US Federal Report Confirms Water Pollution by Fracking

From the Department of DUH: You won’t find “widespread” contamination unless you do widespread testing.

This is about a 20 minute Josh Fox interview explaining what happened with the EPA fracking study.

Update: Excellent op-ed by EPA whistleblower, Weston Wilson. Widespread and systemic contamination found — at the EPA

Fracking Industry Rules

Rules to frack by

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Bankers and Insurance Companies Against Fracking http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/14/bankers-and-insurance-companies-against-fracking/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/14/bankers-and-insurance-companies-against-fracking/#comments Sun, 14 Jun 2015 18:02:10 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15145 Will these be our new allies: Bankers and Insurance Companies Against Fracking? It could happen. Bankers Against Fracking We’ve covered this topic before many times. If you need to catch up, read this NY Times article: Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages and the accompanying documents. Another good resource: At the […]

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Will these be our new allies: Bankers and Insurance Companies Against Fracking? It could happen.

Bankers Against Fracking

We’ve covered this topic before many times. If you need to catch up, read this NY Times article: Rush to Drill for Natural Gas Creates Conflicts With Mortgages and the accompanying documents.

Another good resource:

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.

Industry is working hard to convince the public that fracking, a heavy industrial mining process, in neighborhoods does not diminish property values. They want to hide the truth but Halliburton failed to nix property loss in a recent court case.

Halliburton Can’t Get Property Diminution Experts Tossed
Law360, New York (June 9, 2015, 1:10 PM ET)
An Oklahoma federal judge on Monday ruled that Halliburton Energy Services Inc. can’t nix the testimony of two appraisers who said the company’s alleged groundwater contamination devalued affected properties by 80 percent, denying the related motion for summary judgment on property diminution claims.

Accidents are a risk to home values and to public health and safety. Recently there were blowouts in Arlington and DentonLightning struck a Denton neighborhood gas well causing it to blow up and burn for hours.

Even Oklahoma fracking operators admit the risk of having neighbors too close.

News video: Too close for comfort: Playground built on drill site
Logan County well site operator demanding removal.

Texas bankers and operators lag behind.

Texas bankers lag behind other states in realizing fracking is not good for their investments nor safe for neighborhood children.

Builders are building homes right next to and only feet from existing wells.

Grand Prairie:

In Grand Prairie, homes are being built right on top of a (maybe) plugged gas well and abandoned frack pond.

Denton:

The unsubstantiated rumor is: A resident who bought one of the DR Horton homes in Denton off Vintage Blvd. said his home was $6000 less than homes further away from the gas well. He was told there is no threat from the well because additional fracking was banned in Denton. He was not fully informed about about VOC air pollution exposures, lightning strikes, work overs and repairs or all the many additional impacts. He recently learned that the state overturned the ban.

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Mansfield:

Previous post with development platt:  Mansfield, Texas home buyers should beware.

Mansfield builders are also building new homes right next to existing wells. It is reported by a resident that in some cases, there are only 56′ from pad site wall to the back of homes.

satellite-development

MegatelHomes

RylandHomes

I doubt these new home buyers were told about the recent compressor blowdown and that releases leaks and emergency venting are part of normal operations for oil and gas facilities. I doubt they were told about this Firefighters respond to gas leak at well site in Mansfield. I doubt there were told that exposure is certain.

I doubt they were told that Mansfield air is not safe to breathe.

MANSFIELD-chemical-cocktail

I wonder what kind of liability cities have in allowing this to happen at all, much less without assuring buyers are given full disclosure.

Insurance Companies Against Fracking

Insurance coverage for fracking is complicated. Homeowners insurance won’t likely cover it. If you signed a lease, you need business insurance to cover liability. It’s all complicated. Here is a comprehensive analysis: Homeowners and Gas Drilling Leases: Boon or Bust? By Elizabeth Radow

This article caught my attention: Fracking, Earthquakes and Insurance: A Collision Course? Operators admit in their quarterly reports that they do not have sufficient insurance coverage for all the risks. But it seems lawsuits for damage could push insurance companies over the edge.

 

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The cost of Railroad Commission denial of frackquakes http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/06/the-cost-of-railroad-commission-denial-of-frackquakes/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/06/the-cost-of-railroad-commission-denial-of-frackquakes/#comments Sat, 06 Jun 2015 20:15:49 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15139 BWAHahaha! The Texas Railroad Commission not convinced by frackquake evidence. Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, SMU and the University of Texas concluded that two disposal wells, where companies bury wastewater from oil and gas operations, most likely triggered quakes in Azle and Reno, northwest of Fort Worth, in 2013 and 2014. But the evidence […]

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BWAHahaha!

The Texas Railroad Commission not convinced by frackquake evidence.

Scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey, SMU and the University of Texas concluded that two disposal wells, where companies bury wastewater from oil and gas operations, most likely triggered quakes in Azle and Reno, northwest of Fort Worth, in 2013 and 2014.

But the evidence that scientists presented in a peer-reviewed study and at the four-hour meeting in Austin was not enough to convince the Texas Railroad Commission.

“I have not reached the conclusion that oil and gas activity is the causal factor,” said Craig Pearson, the Railroad Commission’s staff seismologist. “While we remain concerned about seismic activity in the state, we still haven’t had a hearing where we’ve had a definite case made that a specific operator is associated with any specific earthquake activity.”

Source: Dallas Morning News, Anna Kuchment

This is not surprising nor is it funny. Will the RRC deny the link between fracking related earthquakes until we have the same level and intensity of frackquakes of Oklahoma?

The cost to homeowners of denying frackquakes.

This is the statement of an Irving resident that was delivered at a council meeting this week. Emphasis added by me

Mayor and Council members,

In April, SMU seismologists stated that there have been 388 earthquakes in Irving already this year. Professor Hornbach with SMU testified in Austin that there is an “Increased Hazard” for Irving, TX to have larger quakes in the future. The USGS has “Elevated” the risk for larger quakes in North Texas. This is not a “perception” by the media, these are scientific facts.

The damages from these induced earthquakes put a huge economic burden on the citizens of Irving. There is significant structural damage to many of our homes. The earthquake insurance that some have purchased has huge deductibles. Mine is $14,000. If we fix our damaged homes now, only to continue with more earthquakes, the structural damages will have to be dealt with numerous times. It is unacceptable to wait until 2016 for new monitoring equipment and studies to simply collect more data. All the while having more quakes.

There is plenty of scientific evidence to support the fact that Injection Wells cause earthquakes. In 2008, The USGS did a study at the South end of DFW Airport. It was part of a five state study to see if Injection Wells cause earthquakes. They began Injection from Sept. 2008 – Oct. 2008. After 7 weeks, 9 quakes resulted on Oct. 31, 2008. They stopped Injecting at the South end of the airport immediately. Why are we still Injecting at the North end of the airport when the same Balcones Fault Line is affected?

State Geological Surveys have determined that damages result in quakes at Magnitude 2.5. For the Railroad Commission to set a limit of Magnitude 4.0 or above before they will shut down Injection Wells is irresponsible to the citizens of Texas. On May 4, Railroad Commissioner, Ryan Sitton said he has NOT looked at the details of the 11 permanent seismometer stations in North Texas. This is unacceptable. It is time for our city to demand that they be a responsible agency and shut down the two Injection sites at the North end of the airport. At the very least, STOP the Injection until the new studies are completed.

There are thousands of Injection Wells in the U.S., only a few are problematic. Shutting down 2 of the wells will not hurt oil and gas profits.

When our elected officials deny the science, they are condemning property owners to huge losses in order to protect the profits of the oil and gas industry. This puts a huge tax on the people and gives a giant subsidy to the oil and gas industry.

We did not elect them to destroy people’s property. We elected them to protect us.

It is past time for the city of Irving to protect the safety and well being of it’s residents by taking action.

Thank you

 

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Fracking updates http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/04/fracking-updates/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/04/fracking-updates/#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2015 01:09:07 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15135 Here are some fracking updates from the week. Gas leaks are a big source of climate pollution. I’m sure you’ve heard that fracking is happening again in Denton and residents are protesting and getting arrested. Vantage, the same company that had the blowout in Arlington, the lightning struck well in Denton and the $1 million […]

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Here are some fracking updates from the week.

Gas leaks are a big source of climate pollution.

I’m sure you’ve heard that fracking is happening again in Denton and residents are protesting and getting arrested. Vantage, the same company that had the blowout in Arlington, the lightning struck well in Denton and the $1 million fine in PA, filed notice with the city the day after Governor Abbott signed HB40.

The City of Denton is contemplating repealing the ban on advice of attorneys who warn that Denton is not the place to challenge HB40. This would not be a loss but a change in direction and strategy that could bring many cities along with us. There was a long council meeting on Tuesday where people asked questions and the council tried to answer. Denton residents who worked hard to pass the ban by a landslide vote in November, are having a hard time contemplating repeal. No decision was made.

Guess what? Fracking is not good for babies. Again, we learn that fracking harms babies in a new study that shows a link between fracking and lower birth weights. I was interviewed by Channel 11 talking about the study.

Guess what? The EPA fracking study is out and water is getting polluted.

Our governor who was our attorney general wasted more taxpayer money by filing a stupid lawsuit against the EPA. He hates big government. He is big government. He lost. EPA won. And now Wise County is in the non-attainment zone. Thanks fracking. Wise County is Phil Kings territory.

I was in California last week. Here are two of the many videos I took. Both of these sites are very near schools.

I saw some crazy stuff in California. I also met a new friend, Mimi.

mimi

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UPDATE: Aerial photos of Encana fracking blowout in Karnes County http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/04/aerial-photos-of-encana-fracking-blowout-in-karnes-county/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/06/04/aerial-photos-of-encana-fracking-blowout-in-karnes-county/#comments Thu, 04 Jun 2015 20:43:24 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15127 UPDATE: Karnes residents still evacuated after well blowout. From May 19th to June 6th and still counting. UPDATE: A Big Encana Blowout Boo Hoo. A huge thanks to Greenpeace for the flyover photos showing the damage from the Encana blowout in Karnes County. Information from previous post: Encana fracking blowout They finally got the blowout […]

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UPDATE: Karnes residents still evacuated after well blowout. From May 19th to June 6th and still counting.

UPDATE: A Big Encana Blowout Boo Hoo.

A huge thanks to Greenpeace for the flyover photos showing the damage from the Encana blowout in Karnes County.

792 and by 80 A hydrofracking installation in Karnes County Texas on June 1, 2015.  The shale oil boom is going strong south of San Antonio on a formation that stretches for about 300 miles across south Texas, one of the most prolific oil patches in the United States.  Photo by Greenpeace

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A hydrofracking installation in Karnes County Texas on June 1, 2015. The shale oil boom is going strong south of San Antonio on a formation that stretches for about 300 miles across south Texas, one of the most prolific oil patches in the United States. Photo by Greenpeace

792 and by 80 A hydrofracking installation in Karnes County Texas on June 1, 2015.  The shale oil boom is going strong south of San Antonio on a formation that stretches for about 300 miles across south Texas, one of the most prolific oil patches in the United States.  Photo by Greenpeace

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A hydrofracking installation in Karnes County Texas on June 1, 2015. The shale oil boom is going strong south of San Antonio on a formation that stretches for about 300 miles across south Texas, one of the most prolific oil patches in the United States. Photo by Greenpeace

Information from previous post:

Encana fracking blowout

They finally got the blowout that started on Tuesday and shot methane in the air until today under control. The people who were evacuated still haven’t been cleared to go home.

That’s a lot of methane.

UPDATE: Everything is coated in oil, the homes, vehicles, grass pastures, stock ponds, roads, trees… all coated in oil. The video shows how forcefully the methane is blowing. Well blowout leaves oil mess in Karnes County.

HOLD THE PRESSES! There has been another blowout in Karnes County.

KARNES COUNTY, Texas – Another blown well in Karnes County was reported Thursday afternoon, spewing natural gas into the air…

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