As the news comes in of Ms. Christi Craddick replacing Barry Smitherman, the lead of our Texas Oil & Gas regulatory agency, citizens respond by making comments on the announcement. In one of the comments, I challenge this woman to stand by her words…
“As chairman, I will ensure that we continue to have fair, common-sense rules that foster vibrant industry innovation, allowing industry to power our state’s economy, while keeping our citizens and natural resources safe.”
Here is my challenge (also anyone reading this can take the challenge too)…..
Richard Guldi, also commented and tells of a chilling scenario if more seismic events occur to cause the failure of Eagle Mountain Lake dam….
She has ignored the threats of earthquakes to the earthen Eagle
Mountain Lake dam. This lake contains ten times as much water as Lake Conemaugh that produced the Johnstown flood in 1889. With a volumetric flow rate that temporarily equaled that of the Mississippi River, that flood killed 2,209 people and caused the equivalent of about $425 million damage in 2012 dollars according to wikipedia. A flood ten times that size could kill 22,000 people and produce $4.2
So far, most earthquakes near fracking waste disposal sites have been low level, but they’re shallow. Shallow earthquakes have higher shake indexes for the same magnitude, so a mag-3 shallow earthquake are equivalent to a mag-5 deep earthquake. One epicenter is only 2.5 miles from the dam, and families living within view of the spillway report
frequent strong vibrations in their homes. These vibrations are bound to weaken the dam. We all know how water penetrates through the smallest microcracks and eventually enlarges them.
If Eagle Mountain dam ruptures, Commissioner Craddick will get a very expensive lesson in “sound science.” Unfortunately, the only thing it will cost her is her job. People living in the path of the flood will lose their property if not their lives. The rest of us will mourn the dead as we pay for the damage through higher taxes and higher insurance rates.
I hope that it doesn’t take something as drastic as a ruptured dam for voters to understand what our unrestrained fracking industry and their control of legislators and
regulators via campaign contributions is doing to our state.”