Just think of the money that could be saved if the Texas Railroad Commission were replaced with a giant rubber stamp marked “insufficient evidence.”
Then the commissioners could openly work for the gas industry and could stop pretending that they’re genuinely investigating the reports of earthquakes, livestock deaths, unpaid royalties, contaminated water, benzene leaks and the cases of asthma, cancer or birth-defects that some studies have linked to hydraulic fracturing.
I called the RRC over a year ago to report a 2 1/2 hour gas pipeline leak near my house and was told not to worry because it was a sweet gas and really not all that flammable.
I read later that a similar pipeline in San Bruno Calif had exploded killing eight people and burning 30 homes to the ground.
Apparently that fracking gas wasn’t so sweet.
— Sharon Austry, Fort Worth