An update from Rancho Los Malulos:
First, since I know many of you won’t click over there to watch the videos unless I entice you, how about a nice benzene leak?
Now, go on over there and read about how they “fixed” the leak.
Okay. Now that I have your attention:
No, I’m not kidding. They are suing her for tortious interference. Please go watch some of the videos she has made–they are kind of home movies with a very dark twist–so you can understand the burning irony of Exxon thinking that SHE is interfering with THEM.
Here’s her latest video of casinghead gas bubbling up
She has a familiar story. It seems the operators spend a lot of time on her blog looking at all the horrors of the leaks–she knows this because, like me, she has their IP addresses–but they don’t really do much about it until they are forced. She has screen shots of their IP addresses posted here.
They’ve got leaky pipelines all over the place!
We reported this leak to ExxonMobil’s local production office in August of 2008. No response. Nov 12th, I got a pamphlet in the mail about pipeline safety with an ExxonMobil # to call. It was the King Ranch Gas Plant. I called, again reported this leak. Exxon sent some folks to actually look at it this time. (the lawyers probably told them to) I thought for a brief moment that ExxonMobil might streamline the bureaucratic process and fix something. But, no. I went to check this on Friday and it was still hissing out the gas.
There is no possible way to miss this leak. It stinks of heavy gas and makes an audible hiss. The caliche all around it is moist and discolored an orangey brown. I ran into a field hand and he said, “A work order has been made.” Now someone at ExxonMobil has to approve this work order. A budget must be made. It will just disappear into the bureaucratic blackhole that is ExxonMobil’s repair department. Oh well, we can all sit around and continue to watch the gas come out of the road. That will be fun. Anyone out there want to take a tour of the McGill Bros. ExxonMobil lease? Come and visit!
**I filmed this with a Flir IR GasFinder camera which can be rented from Flir for $2400 a week. Ouch.
This is a hell of a story! Where is the media? I’m talking NATIONAL media.
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Geesh, the bullshit legalese that humanity has created.