The CEO of ExxonMobil – the top producer of natural gas in the US – has joined a lawsuit that challenges the construction of a water tower connected to hydraulic fracturing operations near his Texas home, given that it may reduce the property value.
Tillerson himself has excoriated fracking regulations amid the practice’s boom across the country.
"This type of dysfunctional regulation is holding back the American economic recovery, growth, and global competitiveness,” he said in 2012, Reuters reported.
In another 2012 interview - with the Council on Foreign Relations - Tillerson said that natural gas production today has been revamped with new technologies, “so the risks are very manageable.”
The "Rogers" family signed a surface-use agreement with a fracking company in 2009 to close their 300-acre dairy farm in rural Pennsylvania. That's not the end of the Rogers' story, but the public, including the Rogers' own neighbors, may never learn what happened to the family and their land as drilling operations sprouted up in their area. The Rogers did not realize they had signed a nondisclosure agreement with the gas company making the entire deal invalid if members of the family discussed the terms of the agreement, water or land disturbances resulting from fracking and other information with anyone other than the gas company and other signatories.
“I have friends who still live here. They don’t have a place to go. They have small children...and they’re all sick,” one Mayflower resident told RT recently.
ExxonMobil pays Tillerson $40.3 million a year.
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This is one of those posts which ought to be flagged up the flagpole to the top of the main page. The hypocrisy of this man in this action should be put on a postage stamp (a stamp about the size of his integrity).
Fracking involves toxic chemicals being lowered into kilometer-deep holes drilled in the ground to isolate gas and oil from shale. The toxic chemicals can then float into lakes and rivers or contaminate the ground. Also, fracking produces a disproportionate amount of waste, including radioactive water, which then has to be dumped somewhere.
Locked up in the strata into which they pump the pressurized process water, to fracture and thus create the huge surface area sponge which will yield up its cargo of gas and oil, is a monstrous amount of natural uranium and its deadly daughter Radium-226. And vast amounts of the radioactive alpha emitting gas Radon-222, and its own daughters Bismuth 214, Lead-210 and the alpha emitter Polonium-210. Remember Polonium-210? That was the material used when a few millionths of a gram poisoned ex-Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko.
Deep down in the earth, there is a lot of radioactivity, which is safe enough, so long as it is not brought up to the surface. The technical term is NORM (Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material). When it is brought to the surface it becomes Technologically Enhanced, or TENORM, and it is a serious health problem near oil wells and gas production sites. It is in the production water, in the oil, in the gas, around the production sites, the groundwater, in the pipes and tanks – and in your kitchen.
I don't understand how they have got away with it, and people aren't protesting??
wonder how long it'll be before he moves somewhere else and denies his objections?
ExxonMobil pays Tillerson $40.3 million a year.
Here is the face of hypocrisy - to share if you'd like. Let's spread the word.
edit on 23-2-2014 by Maluhia because: (no reason given)
"Don't Frack In my Backyard"
In June of 2011 Bartonville Water Supply Corporation, a/k/a Cross Timbers Water Supply Corporation, sued the Town of Bartonville in the 211th Judicial District seeking to invalidate the City’s denial of a conditional use permit for construction of a water tower located at the Stargate site.
That suit has been dismissed. In the fall of 2011, BWSC applied for a building permit to construct an elevated water tower. That building permit application was denied based on the fact that site was not zoned to allow the construction. That determination was made by the Building Official and letter sent to the BWSC/CTWSC.
In August, 2010 and again in 2011, CTWSC (previously known as Bartonville Water Supply Corp.) applied to the town for a permit to build an almost 160-foot elevated water storage tank. While the Planning and Zoning Commission's responsibility is to determine if the plans are workable, it is the Town Council's responsibility to determine if the structure complies with the town's lawfully enacted ordinances.
If it doesn't, the applicant must present clear evidence as to why the town should give them a conditional use permit for that request. Otherwise, any developer, manufacturer and retail public utility could run roughshod over any private citizens' property they chose.
There were months of research and public hearings conducted by the Bartonville Town Council in both 2010 and 2011. The following facts emerged: The water company already had one elevated tower which stores 500,000 gallons of water. That, along with their ground storage tanks, provided all the water needed. In fact, they didn't need a second elevated tower anywhere in their service area. A ground storage tank with back-up pumps adjacent to the Upper Trinity pipeline is all that is needed or required in Bartonville to add to their other storage facilities to provide safe water and fire protection to their customers now and in the future.