Texas Children at Risk
Breaking news from the Denton Record Chronicle about a leaking gas well. Fracking in neighborhoods and near schools puts families and Texas children at risk.
State probes natural gas leaks from old well
March 10, 2017
Regardless of what caused gas to emanate from an abandoned water well in southern Denton, experts say it could happen again and with more serious consequences as more gas wells in the Barnett Shale reach the end of their productive life.
Below are some highlights from the story. As you read this story, think about how HB 40 has left us with no way to protect ourselves and at the mercy of the Railroad Commission.
What is Unknown:
- How long the methane gas leaked.
- All the areas where methane gas may have migrated.
- How long–past 2 years–gas wells on Guyer High School property went uninspected (The RRC no longer keeps records older than 2 years.).
What is Known:
- Over 221,000 Texas children attend school or daycare within 1500′ of oil and gas facilities.
- Migrating methane gas is explosive (Three years after a Palo Pinto family’s water well exploded due to migrating methane, the RRC has taken no action against the operator of the leaking gas well.)
“Gas migration may cause methane to accumulate undetected inside basements of homes and other structures.” Conditions could lead to explosions.
- House Explosions in Bradford Pennsylvania Tied to Migrating Methane Gas from Drilling Activity.
- Oil well leaking methane causes Ross Dress for Less explosion. VIDEO
- City gas well inspectors are not qualified to insure our children’s health and safety.
- As wells age, they can leak.
- Barnett Shale wells are getting old.
- Texas only requires a single layer of cement protection. (3/4″ in upper well and 1/2″ in lower part)
- This could happen again with serious consequences.
- Some schools get fracked more than others.
- The Texas Railroad Commission will not keep your children safe.
What you can do:
H.B. 3403 by Terry Canales would protect Texas children by allowing cities to establish up to a 1500′ foot setback from oil and gas facilities. Call and write your Texas Representative and ask them to co-author this bill. Canales’ constituents should not take the action above. Instead, please thank him for his leadership.