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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Banker, conservative, and....fracking victim

 Lipsky is still baffled by Range Resources' test results and the letter they sent him and his neighbors on February 2, 2011, assuring them their air and water were safe. One set of results the company produced shows zero gas in his well. 

"Weatherford, Texas, homeowner Steve Lipsky has nothing to hide. He is not trying to take down Range Resources, a large oil and gas company with a reputation for bullying its critics, nor is he trying to defame the company as it has accused him of in a defamation lawsuit demanding over $3 million. Lipsky, a private, conservative man who made his nest egg in the banking industry, now finds himself playing the role of David against a modern day Goliath in a battle fraught with Kafkaesque moments. After what  looked at first like an open and shut case of industrial negligence turned into a lengthy legal battle, h e must either fight or accept financial ruin. In 2011, the Environmental Protection Agency determined that Range Resource’s drilling activities at a nearby fracking project had contaminated Lipsky’s well. Lipsky can light the water coming out of his well on fire.
A point of contention is a piece of garden hose that Lipsky attached to the vent coming out of his water well headspace. In a video he released online and provided to regulatory agencies, Lipsky sets fire to gas flowing through the hose that he attached to the vent. Range Resources claims the use of the hose made it seem like Lipsky was setting his water on fire. "The hose was used in the interest of safety, not to deceive anyone," Lipsky counters. The first time he lit the vent on fire the whole well ignited. Lipsky attached the hose to direct the venting gas downwind of the well before lighting it again.  In the video, Lispky never claims to be setting his water ablaze. Why would he make gas seem like flammable water, when he has water he can set on fire too?"

Garden hose as flamethrower: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amqXocVjpJA.

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2013/11/07-1