THE USUAL SUSPECTS VERSUS THE HEALTH OF THE PUBLIC
WVU’s Board of Governors hired Mike Garrison to be President of WVU, then never asked him to resign during the WVU/Heather Bresch eMBA scandal. Now he is working as attorney for Enrout Properties, the owners of the Morgantown Industrial Park, suing the City of Morgantown over the Marcellus Shale gas wells located in the Industrial Park near the city’s water intake.
Enrout Properties claims the city’s ordinance is arbitrary and capricious in that it attempts to extend the city’s jurisdiction over land use beyond its municipal corporate limits. The plaintiffs are seeking for the court to declare the Morgantown ordinance to be in violation of the Constitutions of both West Virginia and the United States of America; award Northeast just compensation in an amount to be determined at trial; and to grant such further relief as the Court deems just and proper. It is being represented by James A. Walls, Michael S. Garrison and Tamara B. Williamson.
Next thing we know, ex-WVU President Garrison will be litigating against Monongalia County Schools for the right to operate air polluting wells near Skyview Elementary.
Oh, wait, Mon Schools hasn’t moved against the wells, no suit on the horizon. That’s right, Mon Schools lawyers-up to make sure it can put a school, such as Eastwood Elementary, smack into the middle of horrendous traffic vortex and air pollution hazards, Just like WVU. But to protect schoolchildren from air pollution? You’ll have to hold your breath.
Faced with a natural gas drilling boom that has sullied the air in some parts of the country, the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday proposed for the first time to control air pollution at oil and gas wells, particularly those drilled using a method called hydraulic fracturing.
The proposal, issued to meet a court deadline, addresses air pollution problems reported in places such as Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and Colorado, where new drilling techniques have led to a rush to obtain natural gas that was once considered inaccessible. More than 25,000 wells are being drilled each year by “fracking,” a process by which sand, water and chemicals are injected underground to fracture rock so gas can come out.
The proposed regulations are designed to eliminate most releases of smog- and soot-forming pollutants from those wells. New controls on storage tanks, transmission pipelines and other equipment – at both oil and gas drilling sites on land – would reduce by a quarter amounts of cancer-causing air pollution and methane, the main ingredient in natural gas, but also one of the most powerful contributors to global warming. …
In March, pollution from natural gas drilling in the Upper Green River Basin in western Wyoming triggered levels of ground-level ozone, the main ingredient in smog, worse than those recorded in Los Angeles, one of the smoggiest cities in the U.S.
In Dish, Texas, a rural town northwest of Dallas, the state’s environmental regulators detected levels of cancer-causing benzene, sometimes at levels dangerous to human health, likely coming from industry’s 60 drilling wells, gas production pads and rigs, a treating facility and compressor station.
Better hold your breath.