This morning 25 environmental and community groups called on the EPA and a congressional committee to investigate whether two companies violated the Safe Drinking Water Act by using diesel as a fluid in their natural gas “fracking” activities.
Gubernatorial candidate Bill White has collected more than $2.6 million serving on the board of one of the companies, Houston-based BJ Services, and has defended the controversial technique of hydraulic fracturing as “essential to an affordable supply of natural gas.” The Perry campaign, naturally, has pounced on the issue to discredit White's environmental bona fides.
Concern that fracking operations are contaminating groundwater have soared, including here in Texas where the technique has opened up huge plays in the Barnett Shale and the Eagle Ford Shale.
Friday, August 6, 2010
Bill White's environmental problems...
Bill White has been busy throwing Obama under the bus... which is not making some of his allies on the left happy. The Texas Observer for example looks at Bill White's shady environmental record (link). Excerpt follows...
I don't know about fracking, it might be just a fine procedure... I don't know much about all of that. What I do know is that it was really strange that he began serving on the board of BJ Services after he became mayor... and was paid 2.6 million dollars... you have to think there was some kind of connection there. BJ Services saw him as an important ally... and whether they intentionally polluted ground water or not I don't know... but Bill White has to be held responsible for making 2.6 million dollars while he was full time mayor to do... what exactly... for this company?
Bill White's campaign seems to be collapsing all around him.