Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:25 AM
HiPointDem (20,729 posts)
EPA Shut Down Weatherford, TX Shale Gas Water Contamination Study after oil corp protested
The Associated Press has a breaking investigative story out today revealing that the Obama Administration's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) censored a smoking gun scientific report in March 2012 that it had contracted out to a scientist who conducted field data on 32 water samples in Weatherford, TX.
That report, according to the AP, would have explicitly linked methane migration to hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") in Weatherford, a city with 25,000+ citizens located in the heart of the Barnett Shale geologic formation 30 minutes from Dallas.
It was authored by Geoffrey Thyne, a geologist formerly on the faculty of the Colorado School of Mines and University of Wyoming before departing from the latter for a job in the private sector working for Interralogic Inc. in Ft Collins, CO.
This isn't the first time Thyne's scientific research has been shoved aside, either. Thyne wrote two landmark studies on groundwater contamination in Garfield County, CO, the first showing that it existed, the second confirming that the contamination was directly linked to fracking in the area.
It's the second study that got him in trouble.
"Thyne says he was told to cease his research by higher-ups. He didnít," The Checks and Balances Project explained. "And when it came to renew his contract, Thyne was cut loose."
When a man in a Fort Worth suburb reported his family's drinking water had begun bubbling like champagne, the federal government sounded an alarm: An oil company may have tainted their wells while drilling for natural gas.
At first, the Environmental Protection Agency believed the situation was so serious that it issued a rare emergency order in late 2010 that said at least two homeowners were in immediate danger from a well saturated with flammable methane. More than a year later, the agency rescinded its mandate and refused to explain why.
Now a confidential report obtained by The Associated Press and interviews with company representatives show that the EPA had scientific evidence against the driller, Range Resources, but changed course after the company threatened not to cooperate with a national study into a common form of drilling called hydraulic fracturing. Regulators set aside an analysis that concluded the drilling could have been to blame for the contamination.
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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 12:34 AM
MagickMuffin (7,525 posts)
2. Weatherford is actually 1 hour west of Dallas and 30 minutes from Fort Worth
Fracking is serious bidness here. Especially, Tarrant County where our Democratic mayor at the time allowed massive drilling.
Our streets are starting to have huge uneven lanes. We think it probably has something to do with the fracking in our area.
When we were approach to sign over our mineral rights we were specially told that the company would sue us if we did not sign the papers. When we inquired as to the chemicals they were using we were told they were safe and that is all. Yeah, right!