Sizzling Gasland News

Two important stories in Gasland this week

Insiders Sound an Alarm Amid a Natural Gas Rush

In this first one, the NY Times does it again with an exposé on suspicious emails that reveal an Enron-like, Ponzi scheme ongoing in the natural gas industry.

Here’s an excerpt:

A former Enron executive wrote in 2009 while working at an energy company: “I wonder when they will start telling people these wells are just not what they thought they were going to be?” He added that the behavior of shale gas companies reminded him of what he saw when he worked at Enron.

Hydrofracked: One man’s quest for answers about natural gas drilling

This one really got to me. It’s long but well worth reading. It’s the story of an American hero, Louis Meeks, who has spent his life savings trying to find out why his water well went bad in 2004. It is one man’s story and it is everyone’s – who has ever gone nose-to-nose with a gas company – story. The excuses, the platitudes, the legal wrangling – it’s all so familiar. They don’t even bother to change the script. The good news is, he got the EPA’s attention. For what it’s worth …

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