The Texas Railroad Commission sided with the people so somebody please let me know if you see any cats and dogs living together.
To industry cheerleader in the comments: Thanks for your heartfelt advice but, ahm, no.
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Brown Bess says
Check the link please.
TX Sharon, this website is ridiculous, I think that you should really stop what you are doing. Your scare tactics are ridiculous,drilling for oil and gas is the best thing for the United States right now, you simply need to delete this website. All wells are cased and cemented. Your water has most likely been contaminated for a while. You and John Fox need to really do your research next time before you start saying that drilling for oil and gas is bad. He does not even talk about coal bed methane in his movie, why do you think that he never mentioned the difference between bio and thermo methane? Do you want to know why? That is because he does not know that some areas of the US have bad problems with this naturally and it is not until after drilling that people complain trying to get more money from the oil and gas company.Most people have had this problem for many years.
It is important to note, that the examiner ruled against the operator, but the Commission (i.e. the Commissioners can overrule the examiners suggestion). Just like at TCEQ, there are good people below the top level who try to be fair and even-handed. The few at the top give the whole agencies a bad rap.
link doesn't work for me
Sounds like anon 11:28 has a severe case of cranial rectitis.
To Anonymous 11:28–go take a flying leap. YOu are one of the BBO's. We have been ruined by Big Gas and make no mistake about it. This shale gas fiasco is bad for residents. If you want to continue shale gas, move all the residents out of the shale area if they want to be moved and bought out!! Then–drill away!
PS: Keep up the good work on this site–likewise Josh Fox!!
Stan Scobie says
To the comentor who said that "some parts of the county have problems with methane contamination of water wells – naturally.
SIGH. This line is foisted by drillers all the time. "We didnt do it, you cant prove it."
Please show me one scientific survey that measures the baseline levels of methane in water wells, and shows that "dangerous levels (above 10 mg/L) are "common," as the drillers like to say around upstate NY.
I recently reviewed the sparse literature on this baseline stuff and found somewhat limited but really compelling evidence that the "dangerous" levels exist in maybe one percent of water wells absent gas drilling in the area (Marcellus Shale). This isnt common, is it?
Stanley R Scobie, Ph.D., Binghamton, NY
Runner Susan says
TX Sharon, this website is the best thing that ever happened for the people, I think that you should really keep doing what you are doing. Your scare tactics are are not really scare tactic, but the truth is,drilling for oil and gas is the worst thing for the United States right now, you simply need to expand this website and tell us more. All wells are cased and cemented and most are cracking and spilling and poisoning people. Your water has most likely been contaminated for a while, the Anonymous industry cheerleader above must have been drinking some. You and John Fox need to really need to have some babies together to continue the gas-fighting legacy. Amen.
Little TXfoxes. haha
They would be TXfoxes! haha!
Don't you just love it when you get hateful comments.
All this palaver about casing and cement–there is NEVER any mention of casing couplings or connections!! Usually these connections are the weak link in the system. They, like the casing must seal from the inside AND from the outside to protect water. AND, over time, all this stuff (including casing, cement, and couplings) can deteoriate/corrode and start to leak and thereby damaging water!!
I am NOT going to concede that the water contamination comes only from bad casings. No way! I've read their literature and manuals. When they think we aren't listening, they admit that fracks go into water zones sometimes.
You are correct, TxSharon. Fracking can cause contamination to go to water aquifers. Also, fracking operations can cause damage to casing/couplings and/or cement–thereby causing contamination of water aquifers via another route. Fracking is much worse when a so called "vertical fracture" occurs.
Water zone does not equal fresh water zone. Just thought I'd point that flaw in your train of thought. It's the water zone 50' below not 8000' above.
What's bringing all the gashole out to play?