As Arlington officials set the stage for a grand Dog & Pony Show on providing fracking information on August 1, 2015 (Saturday morning starting at 9am til 11:30 at the Arlington Convention Center), lets revisit another one sided informational meeting on UTA campus a few years back, note one city gas well inspector, Collin Gregory, was also on the panel.
The focus on the “spewing of words event” however relates to Rusty Ward’s one sided version of how campus drilling in California was such a success…… ooops N O T as numerous lawsuits followed from alleged cancer clusters of those exposed…..#premionitionSUX
I looked Rusty in the face a while back and told him that it was wrong to cite the success of the Beverly Hills school wells because so many people claimed having cancer due to those exposures. A horrifying reality is that the court didn’t consider the benzene exposures as a culprit because they were below what was set as a threshold to cause injury, yet with Benzene, PublicIntegrity reported..“In 2004, the NCI released the results of a second study. It found that Chinese shoe makers inhaling benzene in amounts below the OSHA limit had fewer white blood cells than unexposed workers, suggesting the chemical has no safe threshold.”
Comment in video description is as follows to provide the OTHER SIDE info on the Beverly Hills High School Oil Well History…
“@ 03:15 Start of Meeting
@ 12:50 Rusty Ward – Carrizo Oil & Gas – NASDAQ CRZO
(WIKI) Beverly Hills High School & Oil Well history
A cluster of 19 oil wells in a single “drilling island” on Beverly’s campus, owned by Venoco Oil Company, can easily be seen by drivers heading west on Olympic Boulevard toward Century City. The oil wells have pumped much of the oil from under Beverly’s campus, and many have been slant drilling into productive regions of the western part of the Beverly Hills Oil Field under many homes and apartment buildings in Beverly Hills for decades.
As of May 2006, the Beverly Hills High School wells were pumping out 400 barrels (64 m3) to 500 barrels (79 m3) a day, earning the school approximately $300,000 a year in royalties.
In the mid-1990s an art studio volunteered to cover the well enclosure, which at that time was solid gray in color, with individual tiles that had been painted by kids with cancer. The studio created the design and drew the lines on the tiles, but children painted the tiles in between the lines. The studio made the design rather abstract: the design consists of random shapes on different-colored backgrounds. A ceremony inaugurating the design was held in 2001.
Beverly gained more notoriety when Erin Brockovich and Ed Masry announced having filed three lawsuits in 2003 and 2004 on behalf of 25, 400, and 300 (respectively) former students who attended Beverly from the 1970s until the 1990s. In April 2003, the Texas-based lawfirm of Baron & Budd partnered with the law office of Masry & Vititoe to lend its expertise in lawsuits related to health risks of volatile chemicals. The number of actual cancer claims filed in Santa Monica was ninety-four.
The lawsuits claimed that toxic fumes from the oil wells caused the former students to develop cancer. The oil wells are very close to all of Beverly’s sports facilities, including the soccer field, the football field, and the racetrack. Beverly students—not just athletes but students taking required physical education classes from the 1970s until the 1990s—were required to run near the oil wells.
The city, the school district, and the oil companies named as defendants disputed this assertion, claiming that they had conducted air quality tests with results showing that air quality is normal at the high school. In 2003, the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine published a “Community Cancer Assessment Regarding Beverly Hills, California” which failed to support Masry’s claims.
After receiving complaints about Beverly’s oil installation, the region’s air-quality agency investigated Venoco Oil (doing business as Venoco, Inc) and in 2003 issued three Notices of Violation regarding the operation of the drilling island. Venoco, Inc’s penalty settlement included requirements that the company maintain continuous air quality monitoring at the high school, and prevent any oilfield gas (which is primarily methane gas) from being released into the atmosphere.
On December 12, 2006, the first 12 plaintiffs (of over 1000 total) were dismissed on summary judgment because there was no indication that the contaminant (benzene) caused the diseases involved and the concentrations were hundreds to thousands of times lower than levels associated with any risk. In Fall of 2007, the plaintiffs agreed to pay the School District and the City up to $450,000 for expenses from the lawsuits. This payment of expenses is without prejudice to any of the plaintiffs in the case, which is on appeal.
The oil wells may have inspired a 1991 episode of the sitcom Saved By the Bell titled “Pipe Dreams.” In it, oil is discovered at fictional Bayside High School in Pacific Palisades, California. There’s excitement about the financial possibilities, but when a company comes in to drill, the character of Jessie realizes that it could be detrimental to the local environment.
In June 2004 Beverly Hills Courier Editor Norma Zager was named “Journalist of the Year” in the Los Angeles Press Club’s Southern California Journalism Awards competition for her coverage of the Erin Brockovich-Edward Masry lawsuit. Two books about the oil wells and lawsuit have been published, “Parts Per Million: The Poisoning of Beverly Hills High School” by Joy Horowitz was published in July 2007 and “Erin Brockovich and the Beverly Hills: Greenscam” by Norma Zager was published in October 2010.