I posted the following as comment at the Marcellus Monitor, Amanda Gillooly, Editor, on her excellent Op-Ed, "Accountability Should Be Demanded in Wake of Green County Gas Well Explosion, " (http://marcellusmonitor.wordpress.com/2014/02/11/accountability-should-be-demanded-in-wake-of-greene-county-gas-well-explosion/).
How many accidents like this will have to occur before we collectively decide we have had ENOUGH? Why don't we call CHEVRON--one of the world's WORST human rights violators--what it IS--a sponsor of industrialized TERRORISM? Why on earth do we continue to accede our rights as citizens and human agents to this predictable, preventable VIOLENCE?
And they call US the terrorists?"
But I'd add this: If THIS is the best--and it IS--that we can expect from "regulation," imagine what we're in for if the export facilities at locations like Cove Point, MD become a reality.
Imagine accidents like this magnified by 100,000 wells--and their compressors, pipelines, transport tankers, etc. Imagine this occurring, say, at the EXCO 7 well head pad on Rt 118 less than a driver's minute over an old bridge from an elementary school near Lairdsville, PA, and on a rural route shared by school buses and frack waste tanker trucks. Wanna see just how close that is? Look here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendylynnelee/collections/72157634625434504/.
Or how about the Inflection Nature Boy Costello Pad, Rt. 87, Montoursville, PA--directly across a road heavily travelled by school buses and local traffic from an established residential neighborhood: http://www.flickr.com/photos/wendylynnelee/collections/72157633517335343/.
Regulation means nothin' but "controlling the rate--not the AMOUNT--of harm.
Scratch that--it doesn't even mean that.
2,200 gas wells
20-30 workers on site.
One worker still missing. Last seen near another worker injured in the explosion.
"Putting out the fire could take three days."
"An explosion that could be heard clear across town."
Seriously, WHAT is it going to take to convince us that life is more valuable than money?