Pass on the “ Bud ” Weinstein conflict of interest in EPA Overreach

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Bernard “Bud” Weinstein at congressional hearing

The big story on the “Christmas Eve” press release (fewest readership goal?) was the EPA enforcement order re-review of the Range Resources vs Steve Lipsky Weatherford TX water well contamination case.

Recently this Lipsky case was a focus item for a congressional hearing for EPA Overreach….

At 1:09:40 into this congressional hearing video, Representative Mark Takano, who is on the panel hearing the testimony, questions “Bud” on his authority to comment on any scientific aspects since his expertise is on the economy. But the wammer jammer is when ol’ Bud got flustered and resented that Mr Takano would suggest that his testimony could be “colored” just because he sits on the bank board (which he admitted he gets compensation as bank director) whose loan department issues huge ass loans (over ONE BILLION dollars worth recently) to many power generating companies (that use “fracking” to extract the fossil fuels).  Bud DOES indeed have the appearance of a CONFLICT OF INTEREST to be a witness in this hearing.

Update… I received a quick response from ol’ Bud (see below), and OMG that is priceless that he was one of five witnesses to testify on the overreach of the EPA (VIDEO) with a focus on “A Case Study in Texas”, never touching on the Texas Lipsky case which is on the written testamony of RRC/Porter (page 16-24 of the 30 page testamony). Bud replies to me “What’s the Lipsky case?”….and I’m thinking what the frack am I missing here?

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How does a recognized economist, Bernard (aka “Bud” ) Weinstein Ph.D, not look at the merits of the precautionary principle in how fracking water risks could impact large metropolitan areas’ jobs and people’s health?….imagine later to find out ruined aquifers (whose contamination is said to spread about 1 mile per year) could have been prevented in banning fracking and waste disposal wells….geesh Bud may be gone by then, but people like him in putting the economy first will have this legacy follow them.

Businesses cannot open their doors if they don’t have water..dah.

Nuke plants need water for cooling (currently the Glenrose luminant plant at risk due to the drought?) …and that might be all our (contaminated) water will be good for later on if the EPA is limited in their ability to do their job.

On a side note……..at 1:08:08 into the video President of Farm Bureau, (another witness) Kenneth Dierschke, complains the EPA wants to keep the cows away from contaminated water…


From: “Weinstein, Bud” <bweinstein@mail.cox.smu.edu>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Friday, February 7, 2014 8:58 PM
Subject: RE: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram

What’s the Lipsky case?
________________________________
From: kim feil [kimfeil@sbcglobal.net]
Sent: Friday, February 07, 2014 1:20 PM
To: Weinstein, Bud
Subject: Re: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram
Turns out TexWells is doing more testing (without SMU’s $ help as earlier requested in below email) and I am still interested in what you make of their work and findings so far even though I’m just finding out your Phd is not in science, but rather like Ed Ireland U R an economist.
The article/link I was referring to in the email below from the Star Telegram no longer works, but the same comments can be found on the climate denying Heartland site here…
Your same cut and paste comments also appear where you were a recent witnesses for the House Science Committee on the …
of which I read your testamony where you never mentioned your position on the Lipsky case-why did you not address the specifics in the Lipsky case? I did read your ERCOT statement and feel that the interdependence flaws of natural gas and electricity increases the risk of natural gas not being available when it is needed the most and have blogged on that before. Yesterday I learned that up to 4,600 people were impacted on that natural gas outage in Jacksboro…  http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Gas-Service-Cut-to-1200-in-Jacksboro-244035521.html but I haven’t looked into how the weather, subsidence, drilling, or waste disposal may have played a part in this.
Recently, I visited the Lipsky place and was sickened by the odors coming off that water well… so I made this video..
I was concerned that my husband (just finished chemo/radiation) spent too much time downwind listening to Mr lipsky’stestamony …you see Chesapeake drilled a couple of blocks from our home and when they were pulling the plugs an finishing the wells they had an odor event with firetrucks running around by the Cowboys Stadium even a medic call…this was Jan 2013, the odor came into my home and my mother-in-law immediately came down with the flu like symptoms and respiratory issues…I interviewed a man working downwind near the stadium who also came down with the flu feeling too during that odor event. Here is the video …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IbINPU2zSKo.
I just can’t shake off the coincidences from the exposure event when Chesapeake was finishing those wells. That was when my husband’s lymph nodes were swelling in his neck and my teen was having these weird rashes…my teen also suffers from depression and has elevated VMA levels indicative of risk for adrenal tumor…I wanted to give you my short story because I believe you can be reasonable in seeing why I’m so concerned (about in particular urban gas drilling)….but in the big scheme, I fear for our water supplies as aquifer contamination is said to spread one mile per year on average.
I’m not a scientist either, I graduated cum laude in business at UTA, so I’m with you on this shortcoming when trying to address issues from fossil fuels…obviously your worldly experience carries more weight than a nervous mother who doesn’t like how statistically I’m seeing harm to people in the fall out zone downwind or in close proximity of drilling….I spot check the coroners reports and would love to see more statisticians delve into professionally extracted database info.  We need more analysis to compare Barnett Shale and “off shale” similar urban areas for pre and post drilling stats to compare illnesses or “natural” early deaths to see if we have spikes in post, Barnett Shale areas compared to predrilling. How can you help here?
I don’t want to take up a lot of your time please just let me know…
1)  what you think of Tex Wells finds thus far,
2) why you had no comments on the Lipsky case when you were one of many assumed climate change denialists that stacked the panel, and
3) if you can influence student/staff statistical analysis at SMU to compare health/death stats in pre & post urban drilling here in the Barnett Shale, and also compare those figures to non shale producing urban areas in those same time frames.
Thank You
Sincerely,
Kim Feil
817 274-7257
Ask for the moon and Mr Weinstein might give you the sky?
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”Texas Administrative Code, Title 30, Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A, Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, NuisanceNo person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation, or property.

From: “bweinstein@cox.smu.edu” <bweinstein@cox.smu.edu>
To: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Thursday, August 8, 2013 1:51 PM
Subject: Re: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram

Are you referring to my article in today’s (8-8-13) Star-Telegram?Bud Weinstein

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From: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 11:31:45 -0700
To: bweinstein@cox.smu.edu<bweinstein@cox.smu.edu>
ReplyTo: kim feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram
Any follow up on this yet?
On a different topic ….Have you read about the UTA Tex Well peer reviewed study that shows the closer the water well is to drilling, the more contamination?
This study has now expanded to studying water wells in the Cline shale and they can conclusively prove whether or not drilling is the culprit of well water degregation…but they need funding…how can SMU a$$ist in this endeavor?
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From: “bweinstein@cox.smu.edu” <bweinstein@cox.smu.edu>
To: Kim Feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Sent: Saturday, May 26, 2012 11:17 PM
Subject: Re: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram

Auto reply:I’m in the Middle East until June 7 and have limited access to email. Will reply upon my return.

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From: Kim Feil <kimfeil@sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 26 May 2012 23:13:02 -0500
To: <bweinstein@cox.smu.edu>
Subject: regarding your piece in the Star Telegram

TCEQ doesn’t even test for methane so how could they say that “…two cases out of 94 monitoring sites where VOC and methane levels exceeded state guidelines”? I guess the recent Colleyville air tests (from the city and the citizens group) that found Benzene above the ATSDR MRL from 6-9 times the standard doesn’t account for anything?  What about all the formaldehyde found with the BSEEC Titan industry study at the Lake Arlington compression station? The Green Completions is a joketoo cause we have videos where Chesapeake doesn’t bother to connect the separator/pipeline until they have vented out all thefrack chemicals andBTEXvolatilizing in the open hatchfrack tanks…”steam” shouldn’t be making people have health effectsya’ll. They all so need to stop letting thefracking sand (silica dust) fly around…water that stuff down..we don’t wanna breathe that nor theBTEX the industry is spewing. Health effects are being reported far and wide and we are just beginning to uncover the extent..hell the drill site across from Hutchinson Jr Hi spewed twice in the last two months..a white cloud spread over a two to three block area in Arlington per open record incident #12-0010244….lovely.

Read more here: http://www.star-telegram.com/2012/05/22/3979341/weinstein-epa-interior-arrive.html#storylink=cpy

Kim Feil
TEX LG. CODE ANN. A§ 253.005 : Texas Statutes – Section 253.005: LEASE OF OIL, GAS, OR MINERAL LAND
“(c) A well may not be drilled in the thickly settled part of the municipality..”
Texas Administrative Code, Title 30,  Part 1, Chapter 101, Subchapter A,
Rule 101.4, Environmental Quality, Nuisance
No person shall discharge from any source whatsoever one or more
air contaminants or combinations thereof, in such concentration and
of such duration as are or may tend to be injurious to or to adversely
affect human health or welfare, animal life, vegetation, or property, or
as to interfere with the normal use and enjoyment of animal life, vegetation,
or property.

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UPDATE May 4 2015 Here is the Energy Resources meeting-topics include frackquakes and the rubber stamping of injection wells where a known uranium contamination site was….RRC not doing their due diligence.
 
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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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One Response to Pass on the “ Bud ” Weinstein conflict of interest in EPA Overreach

  1. my bad…thanks for the critique…or is that critoque or maybe critiqae?

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