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Today, Gov. Fallin met with leaders in the Energy Industry, as reported in The Norman Transcript: http://normantranscript.com/he…
Not to fault that reporting, but the article fails to mention Fallin’s Congressional campaign financing, which the Oil and Gas Industry kicked-in about a third of a million dollars. The article does quote Fallin as saying: “I’ll be there as your governor to stand up for the energy industry because it is a very important industry to our state.” – When she referred to herself as ‘your governor,’ was she speaking to the individuals present, or the industries?
The article also states: “(Larry Nichols, co-founder and executive chairman of Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.) Nichols was defensive of accusations by critics. He’s even testified to Congress that no harm to groundwater has ever been because of the technique.” This is a view that Sen. Inhofe (over one and a quarter million from the Oil and Gas Industry) shares.
Indeed, while grilling officials from the EPA and the USGS during Senate hearings in 2009, Sen Inhofe pressed that point with the question: “Do any one of you know of one case of ground water contamination that has resulted from hydraulic fracturing?” None of the officials were able to testify to any “documented” cases, although Cynthia Giles, Assistant Administrator for Enforcement and Compliance Assurance at the EPA, said: “I understand there’s some anecdotal evidence, but I don’t know that it’s been firmly established.”
Here is an example of that ‘anecdotal evidence’
The EPA’s findings are not conclusive, (remember, in science “Correlation does not imply causation”) but if I find dog droppings in my yard, and my neighbor is the only person on the block with a dog…
I’ll leave you with one last bit of conventional wisdom: “If there’s smoke, there’s fire” or at least something flammable – but it shouldn’t come from your water faucet: