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    Originally Posted by Steve O'Seinus View Post
    OK, that part makes sense. However, as I previously stated, I have personally witnessed the fluid being dumped right out in the middle of an open field. Now I am going to guess that it is run through a filtering system first, buuuuuuuut I have my doubts about how well THAT is being monitored. The area I witnessed this was up north of the Great Salt Plains refuge, as they are drilling the SHIT out of that area. I have a good friend that works at the refuge, and they are all worried about water shortages up there. Sounds to me like farmers are making more off mineral rights than farming, so they don't give a shit.
    Many farmers have long made more money from energy production and its associated activity than from farming.

    Not all fracing fluid recipes are the same. There can be big differences. Some do not include chemicals that would be harmful to water that’s already in the Salt Fork river.... where I have spent many days.
    But certainly they should not be dumping it without state approval.
    I would encourage you to find out and report them if necessary.

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    Yeah, report them to a state agency that will turn a blind eye.

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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    Yeah, report them to a state agency that will turn a blind eye.

    Not from my personal observations.

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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    Yeah, report them to a state agency that will turn a blind eye.
    Untrue. They'll likely have a field agent out there by the end of the day if you're talking about surface spilling/disposal.

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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    Yeah, report them to a state agency that will turn a blind eye.
    False. The OCC, Texas Railroad Commission, et al, would be on them like a monkey on a cupcake.
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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    False. The OCC, Texas Railroad Commission, et al, would be on them like a monkey on a cupcake.
    Mmmmm cupcakes....

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    It is always going to be hard for me to trust the rugulatory bodies to do their job adequately especially in this state when it comes to oil and gas. Sorry. Its too easy to bribe a turned eye. I also dont think we have a pro regulatory climate in this state anyway. Long and short of it is I dont trust big oil to have the publics best interest in mind and dont believe them when they say we do it cleanly and wont screw up the environment.

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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    It is always going to be hard for me to trust the rugulatory bodies to do their job adequately especially in this state when it comes to oil and gas. Sorry. Its too easy to bribe a turned eye. I also dont think we have a pro regulatory climate in this state anyway. Long and short of it is I dont trust big oil to have the publics best interest in mind and dont believe them when they say we do it cleanly and wont screw up the environment.
    Serious question: Do you trust the federal government to do that?

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    Originally Posted by OUMallen View Post
    Serious question: Do you trust the federal government to do that?
    No I dont. And that is a problem.
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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    It is always going to be hard for me to trust the rugulatory bodies to do their job adequately especially in this state when it comes to oil and gas. Sorry. Its too easy to bribe a turned eye. I also dont think we have a pro regulatory climate in this state anyway. Long and short of it is I dont trust big oil to have the publics best interest in mind and dont believe them when they say we do it cleanly and wont screw up the environment.
    Then your mind is made up. Which is fine.

    But one thing to remember is these are all people. Pretty well educated people. Both in Oil & Gas and regulatory. They also live "on the land"....they recreate on and in the water, drink it, and on and on. You really think they don't give a shit about having as clean an enviroment as possible. Sure, regulators might at times "cozy" with industry and might let something slide. I'm not stupid and I've been in this business for 34 years now. That does happen. But most regulators want to do a good job. They want to advance in their fields of work, just like you. And me. I know I try to do things right and ethically. Most everyone I've known in this business is the same.

    So we have a lot of people involved. They've created systems and processes to do the job. Most want to do a good job. Same with regulators. And we have the best science and technology available.

    I fail to see a serious problem here.
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    Could anyone see a future where a non government entity does the inspecting, and the government entity responds to the findings?

    What would happen if the Sierra Club was in charge of inspections, for example...do you think that they would fabricate reports or just be more critical?

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    Originally Posted by SpankyNek View Post
    Could anyone see a future where a non government entity does the inspecting, and the government entity responds to the findings?

    What would happen if the Sierra Club was in charge of inspections, for example...do you think that they would fabricate reports or just be more critical?
    That's a pretty interesting question. I'm not sure of the answer. Bias would of course be kind of a BIG concern. We already have government regs, I don't see how more will help. And this regulation thing is expensive. How would the Sierra Club pay for it. Who would they hire? You pretty much need some petroleum engineers.

    Just a couple of hundreds of reasons that more regulation is not a good answer. Regulations are in place to keep everyone safe.

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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    Then your mind is made up. Which is fine.

    But one thing to remember is these are all people. Pretty well educated people. Both in Oil & Gas and regulatory. They also live "on the land"....they recreate on and in the water, drink it, and on and on. You really think they don't give a shit about having as clean an enviroment as possible. Sure, regulators might at times "cozy" with industry and might let something slide. I'm not stupid and I've been in this business for 34 years now. That does happen. But most regulators want to do a good job. They want to advance in their fields of work, just like you. And me. I know I try to do things right and ethically. Most everyone I've known in this business is the same.

    So we have a lot of people involved. They've created systems and processes to do the job. Most want to do a good job. Same with regulators. And we have the best science and technology available.

    I fail to see a serious problem here.
    You say they live "on the land" but I dont think they have pools of spent fracking liquid in their front yard. I also dont think they recreate or live anywhere near the drilling sites. I think there are definately some in the industry that would do anything to make the big money. I do not think everyone in the industry is this way, but enough are.

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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    That's a pretty interesting question. I'm not sure of the answer. Bias would of course be kind of a BIG concern. We already have government regs, I don't see how more will help. And this regulation thing is expensive. How would the Sierra Club pay for it. Who would they hire? You pretty much need some petroleum engineers.

    Just a couple of hundreds of reasons that more regulation is not a good answer. Regulations are in place to keep everyone safe.
    I don't want to see more regulation, I just want to make sure current regulations were followed. For the time being, I think that offenders could foot the bill for the inspections...there's already a pretty good nest egg from BP. Essentially, I would rather see the industry foot the bill rather than the taxpayer. As far as Bias, I think you want your inspecting arm to be as biased as possible, don't you?

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    Originally Posted by SpankyNek View Post
    Could anyone see a future where a non government entity does the inspecting, and the government entity responds to the findings?

    What would happen if the Sierra Club was in charge of inspections, for example...do you think that they would fabricate reports or just be more critical?
    You'd need a truly unbiased group--I don't know that Sierra is that group.

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    Originally Posted by SpankyNek View Post
    I don't want to see more regulation, I just want to make sure current regulations were followed. For the time being, I think that offenders could foot the bill for the inspections...there's already a pretty good nest egg from BP. Essentially, I would rather see the industry foot the bill rather than the taxpayer. As far as Bias, I think you want your inspecting arm to be as biased as possible, don't you?
    I can agree all the way to the last sentence. You can't make that claim about me, its not true anyway, but it does reveal something. Thanks for showing that to us.

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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    I can agree all the way to the last sentence. You can't make that claim about me, its not true anyway, but it does reveal something. Thanks for showing that to us.
    I worked as an electrician in the commercial sector for years, and I can tell you that many inspections involved shooting the shit and signing papers with nary a look at the work or discussion of code. My crews always worked hard to exceed code, so maybe we just got the benefit of the doubt, if I were looking at it from a truly safety compliance point of view, though, I would want those guys to be in every ceiling and calling for us to open every wall plate. Bias was perhaps the wrong word to use...maybe meticulous and wanting every error to be on the side of compliance.

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    Lot's of industry does self monitoring and testing...tires for example...certain criteria must be met to assign those speed ratings on the sidewall...and all of that testing is done in house with no outside monitoring...you do the load and high speed testing on sets of design spec tires and send the data in to DOT...problems down the line and DOT will be in house verifying you data and looking at repeatability...DOT doesn't test shit...

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    Originally Posted by SpankyNek View Post
    I worked as an electrician in the commercial sector for years, and I can tell you that many inspections involved shooting the shit and signing papers with nary a look at the work or discussion of code. My crews always worked hard to exceed code, so maybe we just got the benefit of the doubt, if I were looking at it from a truly safety compliance point of view, though, I would want those guys to be in every ceiling and calling for us to open every wall plate. Bias was perhaps the wrong word to use...maybe meticulous and wanting every error to be on the side of compliance.
    That works up to a point. Today though we have people doing inspections that have to find something wrong or they can't justify their work. We run into it regularly.

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    I am sure someone will bring up the Firestone fiasco from a few years ago...

    Those tires were produced to Ford specs...Ford was wanting tires to be as light as possible to help fuel mileage...the standards Ford supplied had no headroom over the DOT specs...not robust....after testing Goodyear decided to not bid on the contract...the vast majority of the tires Firestone produced were fine...but the tires at the extreme of the variation were questionable...add in a consumer running a tire at a low inflation pressure...or a consumer overloading a tire...both of which add to a tires heat history...and disaster was just around the corner...

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    Originally Posted by oucub23 View Post
    That works up to a point. Today though we have people doing inspections that have to find something wrong or they can't justify their work. We run into it regularly.
    I see where you are coming from, and perhaps that problem could be minimized by a third party, especially if their budget was related to fines produced...I'm just spitballing here really, I don't have the answers.
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    Originally Posted by Sir Bevedere View Post
    I guess they didn't watch Gasland.
    Truthland?

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    Not according to Matt Damond's fact based thriller, The China Syndrome 2013.

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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    Then your mind is made up. Which is fine.

    But one thing to remember is these are all people. Pretty well educated people. Both in Oil & Gas and regulatory. They also live "on the land"....they recreate on and in the water, drink it, and on and on. You really think they don't give a shit about having as clean an enviroment as possible. Sure, regulators might at times "cozy" with industry and might let something slide. I'm not stupid and I've been in this business for 34 years now. That does happen. But most regulators want to do a good job. They want to advance in their fields of work, just like you. And me. I know I try to do things right and ethically. Most everyone I've known in this business is the same.

    So we have a lot of people involved. They've created systems and processes to do the job. Most want to do a good job. Same with regulators. And we have the best science and technology available.

    I fail to see a serious problem here.
    My experience with regulators is that they are, if anything, overzealous. But I hoenstly think the Oklahoma Corporation Commission largely does a good job.

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    I have no experience w/ oil & gas regulators but I deal with the ASME on a daily basis. My experience over the past decade is that they take their jobs very seriously.

    I think some of the skepticism comes from the fact that the relationship is somewhat parasitic for these agencies. There would be no need to regulate if there were no drilling, hence there would be no regulatory body or inspectors. I think this mistrust is healthy & beneficial overall.

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    Originally Posted by SoulRebel View Post
    I have no experience w/ oil & gas regulators but I deal with the ASME on a daily basis. My experience over the past decade is that they take their jobs very seriously.

    I think some of the skepticism comes from the fact that the relationship is somewhat parasitic for these agencies. There would be no need to regulate if there were no drilling, hence there would be no regulatory body or inspectors. I think this mistrust is healthy & beneficial overall.
    They definitely need to be adversarial in nature.

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    Originally Posted by OUMallen View Post
    They definitely need to be adversarial in nature.
    Thanks for the word I needed instead of biased yesterday.

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    Originally Posted by OUMallen View Post
    My experience with regulators is that they are, if anything, overzealous. But I hoenstly think the Oklahoma Corporation Commission largely does a good job.
    Same for me. The Texas Railroad Commission likewise does a good job.

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    Originally Posted by QRISooner View Post
    Same for me. The Texas Railroad Commission likewise does a good job.
    I can second this sentiment.

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    I third…
    Years ago I use to run around with several young Railroad commission employees (petroleum engineers, geologist) who have now risen through the ranks. I know they took their responsibility seriously and did enforce the rules and laws that existed at that time.

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    I wouldn't say the fracking "controversy" was created out of thin air.

    People's water WAS catching on fire, and there was a legitimate concern from people that aren't in the industry (re: damn near everyone in New York).

    Now, someone other than an oil company is saying fracking is fine, and that upsets you? The O&G industry has a terrible reputation outside of the Energy States. This is a positive step, and a good thing for the industry.
    I know you are in the industry but u are either new or ignorant

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    Or, seeing as how I work in geophysics and drill wells for a living, perhaps I just might understand that a shitty casing job is what causes methane to leak into groundwater. I have seen it happen.

    So, perhaps you could leave O&G discussions to people that actually know what the **** they're talking about instead of just repeating bullshit you "read" somewhere.

    (and I didn't see the governor delayed this. Boo to him)
    That's the point. Fracking didn't cause it. And rarely is gas migrating due to bad cement

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    Your reading comprehension is sorely lacking here.

    And casing companies do the casing job. Just like we hire out fracking to a fracking company. Some do good work, others **** up time to time.
    Casing companies?

    I'm guessing you work for an energy company and your job does not relate to anything on the operations side but they took you on a little field trip so now you think you know everything

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    Big oil has done enough to villify themselves without DEM's help.
    Then stop using the products

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    You're still pissy? Jesus.

    Last time: If the O&G industry had done a better job of explaining what it was doing in the first place to the general public, this wouldn't have happened. We don't get to say "trust us" any more. Note people in this thread even don't have an idea about what fracking really is. Most people don't. And a lot of people don't trust the O&G industry, especially when the name "Halliburton" is thrown around. So, here we are. Everything is nice and validated and can move on now, even your little methinks mineral owner. It's not like that gas just went away.... it's still there. (really, it is!)
    1. Stop saying us.

    2. The info is out the. The public would rather listen to uneducated news personnel than read a technical article

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    Originally Posted by Steve O'Seinus View Post
    OK, that part makes sense. However, as I previously stated, I have personally witnessed the fluid being dumped right out in the middle of an open field. Now I am going to guess that it is run through a filtering system first, buuuuuuuut I have my doubts about how well THAT is being monitored. The area I witnessed this was up north of the Great Salt Plains refuge, as they are drilling the SHIT out of that area. I have a good friend that works at the refuge, and they are all worried about water shortages up there. Sounds to me like farmers are making more off mineral rights than farming, so they don't give a shit.
    More than likely soil farming. It's a state permitted and approved process to dispose of drilling fluids. There are all types of rules and regulation that must be met.

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    Originally Posted by SoonerBounce View Post
    Casing companies?

    I'm guessing you work for an energy company and your job does not relate to anything on the operations side but they took you on a little field trip so now you think you know everything
    The best part is- he's insulting people's knowledge with years in the industry. There are plenty of professions out there where you'd know the most about your own line of work. But on this board, oil and gas isn't one of them.

    Instead of being a snarky butthole, The, you could be a little bit nicer and we'd all have pretty badass resources in each other. The O&G knowledge on this board is actually pretty substantial.
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    Originally Posted by beelzeBob View Post
    Yeah, report them to a state agency that will turn a blind eye.
    Lol more ignorance

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    Originally Posted by SpankyNek View Post
    Could anyone see a future where a non government entity does the inspecting, and the government entity responds to the findings?

    What would happen if the Sierra Club was in charge of inspections, for example...do you think that they would fabricate reports or just be more critical?
    That would cause issues IMO. Under the table deals etc

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    Originally Posted by OUMallen View Post
    The best part is- he's insulting people's knowledge with years in the industry. There are plenty of professions out there where you'd know the most about your own line of work. But on this board, oil and gas isn't one of them.

    Instead of being a snarky butthole, The, you could be a little bit nicer and we'd all have pretty badass resources in each other. The O&G knowledge on this board is actually pretty substantial.
    Can't we all just get along?

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    QRI or anyone else, please refresh my memory. Wasn't there a case this past year in which the railroad commission overrode federal regulators who had shut down a company's exploration in an area in Texas without sufficient cause?

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    That would cause issues IMO. Under the table deals etc
    That could not happen in our current system? You are far too trusting.

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    Originally Posted by ThievingMagpie View Post
    QRI or anyone else, please refresh my memory. Wasn't there a case this past year in which the railroad commission overrode federal regulators who had shut down a company's exploration in an area in Texas without sufficient cause?
    You may be thinking of a case in far southern Parker County (which is just north of me and west of Ft. Worth) involving a lawsuit by a landowner against Range Resources. Plaintiff alleged a Range Barnett shale well contaminated their drinking water with methane. The EPA at first agreed with plaintiff, but the RRC ruled for Range. There was never a shut down order against Range.

    Since, the courts have ruled in favor of Range, who is now counter-suing the landowner.

    Turns out it was all a set up by the landowner and the EPA really didn't know shit (I know that's shocking). They've backed off now too.

    There was methane in the water well, but it came from an old improperly plugged shallow well. Not the newer Range much deeper Barnett well. The landowners apparently knew this but tried to go after the deep pockets. They even used an "environmental scientist" (really a quack) to lie on their behalf.

    I hope Range takes them to the cleaners.

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    That could not happen in our current system? You are far too trusting.
    Didn't say it couldn't. But I've had dealings with EPA and occ.

    I could see a "third party" coming along that wasn't really third party

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    That's the case, QRI - thanks.

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