Listen to audio interview applicable to industry funded Energy Institute study exonerating fracking

  • UPDATE… here is the UT system email addresses in case you want to also write them…
    —– Forwarded Message —-
    From: kim feil <>
    Sent: Wed, August 8, 2012 2:38:37 PM
    Subject: Dr Groat needs a reprimand on fracturing study nondisclosure and for rushing the oversight portionClearly the subject of if our water supplies are at risk or not is important enough for the head of a fracturing study to disclose any conflicts of
    interest. I read that he rushed the piece on if any federal or state oversight is needed which definately shows his bias and allegiance to having the industry get special treatment possibly to the detriment of our future drinking supplies.

    Please send a clear message and remove him from any affliation to your university.

    There was to be a second part to this study, can you forward my email to whomever can add me to the list of interested parties when those results are available?


           This KUT interview is of two Texas Railroad commissioners, one who has recently resigned to pursue a senate seat. They are responding to the December 2011 press release from the EPA who did a three year study that found fracking chemicals ARE associated with hydraulic fracturing in water supplies.
           Also in this interview is Dr. Chip Groat. He leads the industry funded study that was released Thursday, February 16th 2012, by the Energy Institute at The University of Texas at Austin. The conclusion of this study essentially exonerates the fracking process itself  in contaminating ground water.
           Groat age 72 landed the directorship in 2007 of a “….Houston based company called Plains Exploration & Production Company (PXP). His total ‘compensation’ package was worth $308,300.00 in 2009, and $493,598.00 in 2008.”
           While Mr Goat’s comments last December were on the preliminary findings of this study, the conclusion of this study goes on to say that “A second project, currently under development, would include a field and laboratory investigation of whether hydrological connectivity exists between water in the units above and below the shale unit being fractured as a result of the fracturing process. As envisioned, the project calls for university researchers to conduct field sampling of hydraulic fracturing fluid, flow-back water, produced water, and water from aquifers and other geologic units within the Barnett Shale.”
Here is a link with video clips as to why the industry wanted to fund this study. The Environmental Defense Fund, who helped with the study to “define its scope of work and reviewed drafts during the course of the project”, has a press release here..

See the two citizen comments on this link in response to the audio clip interviews. ( Both people making these comments have been labeled as emotional, but deserve a good read because there are many “other” concerns related to gas extraction on both sides of drill bit.

  • Ktndlife08

    “I have worked on a frac crew in north Dakota for 4 years now,and the last thing I want is to take my kids to the lake and swim in toxins. Let’s be honest everyone has all ready made thier mind up on this regardless of facts. Suprisenly I still have all my hair,fertility,and mental health after being in direct contact of the process. I have watched beautiful country landscapes become industrial warzones with so many flares burning in the night sky it curdles my stomach.

    The truth is we all drive cars fly on planes heat our homes. I’m so sick of the same people that don’t want drilling,dams,and mining, have their suv,4000 sq ft house,island vacation,and ski condo buy one prius and there green. We need a better source of energy for our future but much like our spending our consumption is greater than our means. Well guess what when you program that thermostat to 70 deg it is not magic coming out of the vents. Our lifestyles come with costs. In the name of saving our land we have killed our country. We hardly produce or manufacture anything and constantly attack what industries is left then complain there is no jobs.

    I truly hope there is a middle ground. Stopping fracking would not just hurt (big oil)but cost 25000 people and there families there job here in north Dakota.”

    • Cipollaj

      “SO..ARE YOU THEN SAYING…as long as we keep 25000 jobs, the kind that kill workers and their families, breathing in silica sand, benzine and other carcinogens, taking it home on your clothes for your wife and kids to breath in, permanently contaminating wells across the country, putting the very water supply at risk, contaminating the air at every frac site so much that ozone remains for all the innocent people to die from, and are you saying that it’s just fine if your pets die before your eyes from drinking frac water, and just so you can have a job, a VERY dangerous one, that if you get hurt and disabled the industry dumps you, you end up in poverty and it’s worth it to see your children die of leukemia or some other horrible thing caused by toxins that are indisputably used in fracing shale, and, that so you can go to work each day on a frac site, we all should be exposed to killer chemistry that will cost America it’s very existence, a national security disaster in the making, done by mostly foreign vested corporations that intend to and already are selling the gas to the highest bidder over seas.

      So…so you can have a job it’s worth America becoming the worlds gas station, while costing Americans their health, land, food, air and water. no water, no land, no food, no people…you can’t drink gas, eat money, or drink frac fluid, we CAn however drive t vehicles that are powered by the sun and wind and water, and we already provide electricity that way.

      PLEASE…don’t continue working for an industry that will use, abuse and poison you and your family„,no job is worth losing what you have.

      DEMAND our government stp subsidizing dirty energy. If you are really American, and I know you are…see fracaction or shaleshock or YOUTUBE and go to any state where fracking is done,..enter sick people or dead animals…see for yourself”

About Kim Triolo Feil

Since TX Statute 253.005 forbids drilling in heavily settled municipalities, I unsuccessfully ran for City Council Seat to try to enforce this. Since Urban Drilling, our drinking water has almost tripled for TTHM's. Before moving to Arlington in 1990, I lived in Norco’s “cancer alley”, a refinery town. It was only after Urban Drilling in Arlington did I start having health effects. After our drill site was established closest to my home, the chronic nosebleeds started. I know there are more canaries here in Arlington having reactions to our industrialized airshed (we have 55-60 padsites of gas wells). Come forward and report to me those having health issues especially if you live to the north/northwest of a drill site so I can map your health effects on this blog. My youtube account is KimFeilGood. FAIR USE NOTICE: THIS SITE MAY CONTAIN COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL THE USE OF WHICH HAS NOT ALWAYS BEEN SPECIFICALLY AUTHORIZED BY THE COPYRIGHT OWNER. MATERIAL FROM DIVERSE AND SOMETIMES TEMPORARY SOURCES IS BEING MADE AVAILABLE IN A PERMANENT UNIFIED MANNER, AS PART OF AN EFFORT TO ADVANCE UNDERSTANDING OF THE SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES ASSOCIATED WITH EMINENT DOMAIN AND THE PRIVATIZATION OF PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE (AMONG OTHER THINGS). IT IS BELIEVED THAT THIS IS A 'FAIR USE' OF THE INFORMATION AS ALLOWED UNDER SECTION 107 OF THE US COPYRIGHT LAW. IN ACCORDANCE WITH TITLE 17 USC SECTION 107, THE SITE IS MAINTAINED WITHOUT PROFIT FOR THOSE WHO ACCESS IT FOR RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES. FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE: HTTP://WWW.LAW.CORNELL.EDU/ TO USE MATERIAL REPRODUCED ON THIS SITE FOR PURPOSES THAT GO BEYOND 'FAIR USE', PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FROM THE COPYRIGHT OWNER INDICATED WITH A NAME AND INTERNET LINK AT THE END OF EACH ITEM. (NOTE: THE TEXT OF THIS NOTICE WAS ALSO LIFTED FROM CORRIDORNEWS.BLOGSPOT.COM)
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