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Verdict is in! Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 09, 2014 6:51 pm

http://www.dmlawfirm.com/first-fracking-trial-texas
DALLAS — The first fracking trial in Texas opens in Dallas today. Bob and Lisa Parr of Wise County are suing Aruba Petroleum for property and personal damages which the couple claims they have suffered as a result of Aruba’s fracking operations. The Parr property was surrounded by natural gas frackers in 2009. The Parrs charge that frackers have so polluted their air and water as to destroy their right to peacefully enjoy their home and property and properly care for their pets and livestock, some of whom have died as a result of the fracking pollution, according to the complaint against Plano, Texas-based Aruba Petroleum.
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/04/0 ... ial-today#
http://www.texassharon.com/

http://www.earthworksaction.org/library ... 0X18vldXpB
http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/home
http://www.splitestate.com/

Timeline, before-after chemical tests, photos, videos, infrared video, illness logs, etc.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1fkh ... fo-7A/edit

Just a tiny taste:
Christine and Tim learn later that day from an anonymous source that Gilbow Oilfield Services have spilled approximately 9000 gallons of produced water the day before. Christine reports the spill to the RRC on January 10th and also requests that Alisa Rich of Wolf Eagle Environmental come to the property and test the soil where the spill occurred. We also request that the drilling mud that has been spread out all over the site be tested. Wolf Eagle Environmental’s test results received in February show the following:
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“Laboratory results of ambient air samples confirmed the presence of numerous hydrocarbons indentified as Recognized and Suspected human carcinogens and neurotoxins, (Benzene, Dichlorodifluoromethane (F12), Dichlorotetrafluoroethane (F114), Toluene, m&p Xylenes, Propane, Isobutane, Butane, Isopentane, Pentane, Methyl Pentane, Hexane, Methyl Cyclohexane). The compounds identified are known to emanate from processes related to the natural gas industry. The laboratory results confirmed fugitive air emissions exceeding TCEQ Effects-Screening Levels (ESLs) for Benzene (Long-Term), and Propane (Short-Term and Long-Term). In addition, concentrations of Methane were identified in levels that exceed ambient air background concentrations. Methane is identified as an asphyxiant.

It's time to break the cycle.
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Texas jury awards $3,000,000 fracking penalty - oil company to appeal.

http://www.dmlawfirm.com/3-million-verd ... cking-case
DALLAS — Plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr won a $3 million jury award in the first fracking verdict in Texas April 22. The Parrs sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for fracking operations which fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life, sickened them and their pets and livestock. (See the Parr – 11th Amended Petition.)

The verdict included $275,000 for the Parr’s property loss of market value and $2 million for past physical pain and suffering by Bob and Lisa Parr and their daughter, $250,000 for future physical pain and suffering, $400,000 for past mental anguish.

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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:15 am

Environmental impacts of fracking is going to be far worse than offshore oil drilling. It is time for us to wake up and stop this.
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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

Thu Apr 10, 2014 9:44 am

A couple of weeks ago I flew out to Los Angeles to visit my daughter - the flight included a stop in Austin before proceeding on to Los Angeles. After taking off from Austin and heading presumably west northwest I saw to my amazement 10s of thousands of pock marks laid out in very precise grids - what were almost certainly gas wells. These 10s of thousands of wells were below our flight path and extended as far as the eye can see, and this was just what I could see out of my side of the plane in the section we were flying over. I imagine that I saw only a minisule percentage of the wells in that part of the state. I remember thinking - what the hell are the Texans doing to Texas...why are they allowing this? I can only hope that Gov. Cuomo does not allow this in NY.

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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

Thu Apr 17, 2014 8:00 pm

http://www.kens5.com/on-tv/kens-reporte ... 88131.html
According to TCEQ documents, methane, propane, butane, and hydrogen sulfides were in the noxious mix. The benzene emissions alone were reportedly four times over the legal limit...“Once you inhale it, your liver picks it up. And it is really what happens in the body that makes it carcinogenic,” said Dr. Andrew Brenner, a neurooncologist at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio...
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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

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Texas jury awards $3,000,000 fracking penalty - oil company to appeal.

http://www.dmlawfirm.com/3-million-verd ... cking-case
DALLAS — Plaintiffs Bob and Lisa Parr won a $3 million jury award in the first fracking verdict in Texas April 22. The Parrs sued Aruba Petroleum in 2011 for fracking operations which fouled the family’s 40-acre ranch property, their home and quality of life, sickened them and their pets and livestock. (See the Parr – 11th Amended Petition.)

The verdict included $275,000 for the Parr’s property loss of market value and $2 million for past physical pain and suffering by Bob and Lisa Parr and their daughter, $250,000 for future physical pain and suffering, $400,000 for past mental anguish.
http://www.texassharon.com/
Like Tim and Christine, Bob and Lisa shared all their information with me and I developed it into a case study for presentation to the EPA at Research Triangle Park and later to Gina McCarthy before she was EPA Administrator. The situation at the Parr’s and Ruggiero’s homes was so horrific, I even took Cynthia Giles, top enforcement officer for the EPA to see for herself. The Parr’s case study was added to others and published by Earthworks in Flowback: How the Texas Natural Gas Boom Affects Health and Safety.
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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 23, 2014 5:50 pm

ranss12 wrote:A couple of weeks ago I flew out to Los Angeles to visit my daughter - the flight included a stop in Austin before proceeding on to Los Angeles. After taking off from Austin and heading presumably west northwest I saw to my amazement 10s of thousands of pock marks laid out in very precise grids - what were almost certainly gas wells. These 10s of thousands of wells were below our flight path and extended as far as the eye can see, and this was just what I could see out of my side of the plane in the section we were flying over. I imagine that I saw only a minisule percentage of the wells in that part of the state. I remember thinking - what the hell are the Texans doing to Texas...why are they allowing this? I can only hope that Gov. Cuomo does not allow this in NY.
where is this?I know of areas you speek of .But, the places are far from Austin---like a 2 hour drive+

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Re: Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:35 pm

epic wrote:
ranss12 wrote:A couple of weeks ago I flew out to Los Angeles to visit my daughter - the flight included a stop in Austin before proceeding on to Los Angeles. After taking off from Austin and heading presumably west northwest I saw to my amazement 10s of thousands of pock marks laid out in very precise grids - what were almost certainly gas wells. These 10s of thousands of wells were below our flight path and extended as far as the eye can see, and this was just what I could see out of my side of the plane in the section we were flying over. I imagine that I saw only a minisule percentage of the wells in that part of the state. I remember thinking - what the hell are the Texans doing to Texas...why are they allowing this? I can only hope that Gov. Cuomo does not allow this in NY.
where is this?I know of areas you speek of .But, the places are far from Austin---like a 2 hour drive+
Austin-LA is basically due west along I-10. This state is drilled and fracked as far as the eye can see, with a target of one well every 40 acres. Here's just one area south of Odessa:
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Have a look around:
https://www.google.com/maps/@32.0883954 ... a=!3m1!1e3

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Re: Verdict is in! Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 23, 2014 7:52 pm

Whenever I fly over Texas and see the oil and gas production I think how horrible it must be for the environment, then I remember I'm the guy flying on the plane causing all that. Hypocrisy me.
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Re: Verdict is in! Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:03 pm

LTLFTcomposite wrote:Whenever I fly over Texas and see the oil and gas production I think how horrible it must be for the environment, then I remember I'm the guy flying on the plane causing all that. Hypocrisy me.
How many natural gas-fueled airplanes have you seen? Nope, me either.
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Re: Verdict is in! Fracking on Trial in Texas

Wed Apr 23, 2014 8:07 pm

AndyH wrote:
LTLFTcomposite wrote:Whenever I fly over Texas and see the oil and gas production I think how horrible it must be for the environment, then I remember I'm the guy flying on the plane causing all that. Hypocrisy me.
How many natural gas-fueled airplanes have you seen? Nope, me either.
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