“Gas wells don’t leak” is the new “Cigarettes don’t kill”
As long as the frackers can deny that gas wells don’t leak, they will keep denying it. Even as they continue to leak – worldwide. This pattern of denial is a classic legal strategy perfected (for awhile) by the tobacco industry. Who told Congressional committees, juries, the press and the public that “Cigarette’s don’t kill.” Which was, of course a white lie. Cancer kills. People don’t choke to death on cigarettes. Get it ?
That ploy actually won at trial, etc. for decades. They denied the (now) obvious link between cancer and smoking. The movie “Thank You For Smoking” is a great satire on how the tobacco industry got away with those lies
And the gas industry has hired Big Tobacco’s ad agency : Hill & Knowlton to do their lying for them. So the frackers have adopted blanket denial for their own purposes. They go to great lengths to deny the link between methane in groundwater and gas wells. “Gas wells are clean. They don’t pollute.” Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat every 15 minutes on TV. They say the methane is all “naturally occurring” – when they know that horizontal gas wells are very prone to leak.
Even in Australia, where they leak upside down – 44% of the ones studied.
Or in Canada, where 60% of the horizontal wells tested leaked. No surprise there, eh ?
Deep in the heart of Texas, where garden hoses and faucets can be converted into cigarette lighters
Frackers will do anything to deny a phenomena that they pay well service companies to prevent
A horizontal gas well is an effective way to infuse groundwater with methane. No better method exists.
If you are on a jury where the frackers say this does not happen, stifle your laughter until you go into the jury room . . . . Then throw the fracking book at them. Cigarettes do kill. Including ones you light from a flaming faucet.
Let the denials begin . .
The Department of Environmental Protection and Chesapeake Energy are continuing to investigate the source or sources of methane gas that has been detected in the headspace of three private wells in Leroy Township, Bradford County. All three wells have been vented and the homes have had methane monitoring alarms installed by Chesapeake. A mobile water treatment unit has been installed at one residence, a temporary water supply tank has been provided at another residence and bottled water is being provided to two additional residences.
Chesapeake’s Morse well pad contains two wells and is about one-half mile from the impacted private wells.
On May 22, DEP Oil and Gas Program staff collected isotopic gas samples at both of these wells. Gas bubbling continues in a wetland and two small tributaries to Towanda Creek.
On May 23, DEP staff monitored the methane-impacted wells and checked the homes for the presence of methane gas. Chesapeake’s consultant continues to assess other private wells in close proximity to the Morse well pad and the methane-impacted private wells. The investigation is on-going.