Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 9:13 pm

The problem with Republicans is that they want to make the whole country like Texas.

And how’s that working out?

When the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency declared that a group of Texas homes near a gas-drilling operation didn’t have dangerous levels of methane in their water, it relied on tests conducted by the driller itself.

Now, independent tests from Duke University researchers have found combustible levels of methane in some of the wells, and homeowners want the EPA to re-open the case.

The previously undisclosed Duke testing illustrate the complaints of critics who say the agency is reluctant to sanction a booming industry that has pushed down energy prices for consumers, created thousands of jobs and buoyed the economy.

“I don’t understand why they would let the company that was accused of doing the wrongdoing conduct the tests,” said Shelly Perdue, who lives near the two wells in Weatherford, 60 miles (97 kilometers) west of Dallas. “It doesn’t make sense.”

Obviously Shelly Perdue is not fit material to run for office as a Republican.

1 Comment

  1. I like these common sense , non hysterical comments

    Petevonwolfhausen • 2 days ago −
    There seems to be very little middle ground on this issue – Oil companies will not admit to any risk, and anti-frac(k)ing proponents think the Oil companies are the Devil – when, in truth, methane in drinking water can come from lots of places, especially those with increased seismic activity – AND, there is *some* risk that drilling operations can contaminate water, but it appears to be quite small. The problem is that it is nearly impossible to determine whether it is naturally occurring or if it was human-caused. There’s not much else that you can do besides monitor operations and make them as safe as possible – because we’re not going to stop needing oil any time soon.
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    zoombazoo • 2 days ago
    I could set fire to my well water 50 years ago. There has never been any drilling any where near where I live.
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    rf_in_va • 2 days ago
    What a waste of time and effort! It has been disclosed numerous times in the past that methane and natural gas comes out of wells wherever oil reserves are found in Texas. This is a natural occurrence and has nothing to do with fracking or natural gas drilling. More nonsense from the left.

    Here is a search for the truth about fracking

    Comment by Fred Gregory — Wednesday, January 15, 2014 3:30 pm @ 3:30 pm

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