Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson Champions 'Fracking'
by Tom McGregor
Wed, May 1, 2013, 09:16 PM
Texas land Commissioner Jerry Patterson has become a hero for Texas oil & gas companies for defending their rights as President Barack Obama wages a 'War on Fossil Fuels.' He declared his support for hydraulic fracturing, or 'fracking' drilling for natural gas.
According to a statement released by Patterson, "hydraulic fracturing - or 'fracking' - has become a scapegoat in certain quarters. Patterson added that while the state has interest in the chemicals used in the fracking process, there has been no known contamination from fracking in Texas. Even the Obama administration has said so."
In a Congressional Oversight committee hearing in May, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson said, "I'm not aware of any proven case where the fracking process itself has affected water, although there are investigations ongoing."
As reported by Patterson, "fracking has been going on in Texas for 50 years. But that doesn't stop rumors from spreading about it - particularly one relayed by Rep. Carol Shea-Porter (D.-New Hampshire) about flames coming out of water pipes (allegedly because natural gas had leaked into groundwater sources due to fracking."
Patterson added, "sometimes certain issues take on a life of their own - it's not so much how important they are. it's like fracking is some kind of new pariah. For some reason, it's taken a life of its own in the pop culture."
... written by Andy , May 02, 2013
Thank you Mr. Patterson!
... written by Peter , July 06, 2013
What Patterson did not say is although fracking has gone on for 50 years, none of the groundwater near the fraking sites has been tested in Texas. So, his comments are just as far from the truth.