Here we go again.
Standing on a Barnett Shale front porch.
You might remember that Aruba exposed Tim and Christine Ruggiero to 380 ppm of NOX which added up to 10,000 years of NOX exposure.
From the TCEQ investigation report :
“Continuous operations of three diesel engines greater than 400 horse power at this site resulted in significant emissions of nitrogen oxides. An estimate of maximum nitrogen oxide concentration over one hour on the complaintant’s property was predicted using SCREEN3, an air dispersion model, to be 380 parts per billion.”
No enforcement action is taken by the TCEQ, but rather a recommendation
“Aruba should consider using nitrogen oxide controls on its diesel engines in situations where potential for off-site impacts are high.”
Obviously Aruba did not consider the TCEQ’s recommendation.
A funny aside: When I took this video, I had a reporter with me. He got out of the vehicle and took pictures at the first Aruba location, right beside the one in the above video. The workers at that location told him that it was against the law to take pictures of the drilling–standing on a public road. WHATEVER! I was dying to get out of the car so they could tell me the same thing and I could tell them something too. But, my compadres would not let me out of the car.
Additionally, Aruba Petroleum has done nothing to curtail their fugitive emissions.
…and the TCEQ does nothing.
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Nor has any other operator in Tx curtailed their emissions! There's no requirements to make them do anything! They can do what ever they want to.
This makes me cry.
…even worse, it will make you sick.
I wonder how much money Aruba Petroleum has flushed down the attorney/PR firm toilet thus far in an attempt to excuse and gloss over their patternly negligent behavior and defend themselves in the presence of citizens, media, and the TCEQ while jeopardizing the our health.
Haynes and Boone and Sunwest to be exact as far as toilets go. I wonder how much an ex-TCEQ General Counsel attorney now private attorney costs?
I wonder how far that money would have gone if it had been proactively invested in equipment designed to safeguard their workers and local residents health, and the environment. Oh, and wouldn't it have been just great if they had done so because they actually cared? Great neighbors.
I'm not sure who's running the show over there at Aruba, I think his name is Larry, but whoever it is, he seems to be blowing it all around. Blowing it with residents, workers, and the environment and flushing money down the toilet. Great job Larry.
Wasting money on attorneys, wasting money on PR firms, creating an extremely negative corporate image, and then being fined and forced to fix negligent and harmful operations anyway.
Why not just do it right Larry? Why not open up that shriveled heart and start giving a damn about your employees who are exposed to this crap every day and also those of us that have to live next to it for the next 30 years? How about giving a damn about our kids? Employees kids and residents kids.
And, if you are so far gone that you can't find it that heart of yours, do it because it makes good business sense Larry. Right now, you are running a bad business all around.
Don Young says
Why pick on poor Aruba? They are all guilty and their CEO's should be hanged, drawn and quartered for poisoning our families, friends and children.
Ditto TCEQ and RRC officials.
Somebody needs to send these videos to Herb Wright and all of Aruba's investors. I wonder how they would feel about seeing all that product escaping into the air. Their royalties and profits are going up in smoke.
Mike H. says
If you use Google Earth & Street View you can see all kinds of O&G facilities. You can find pictures & locations in O&G Trade journals. You can see them on USGS, FAA, & other maps.
Someone's deluded if they think that taking pictures of O&G facilities is illegal.