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Chesapeake Energy (CHK) agrees to let the EPA conduct extensive tests at one of its drilling...

Chesapeake Energy (CHK) agrees to let the EPA conduct extensive tests at one of its drilling sites as part of an investigation into fracking safety, and Range Resources (RRC) may be near a similar agreement. The moves suggest companies believe they can pass close inspection by government scientists and hope cooperation will lead to a favorable view of fracking in the EPA study due next year.
Comments (14)
  • The same people, who fervently believe in "climate change," can certainly find something wrong with a gas well.
    24 Jan 2013, 08:30 AM Reply Like
  • but Tack the climate has been changing for millions of years why would you question it now!!!
    24 Jan 2013, 08:47 AM Reply Like
  • With the coldest winter in London in years, clearly "global warming" has been stopped. Now we can stop carbon trading, right?/sarc
    24 Jan 2013, 11:15 AM Reply Like
  • CHK is nuts to give them access. Govt is the enemy of progress, and the facts don't matter here: It is simply vengeance against capitalism. If EPA supervised the medical world, they's stop surgery because they saw people being cut!
    24 Jan 2013, 11:18 AM Reply Like
  • chk is doing the right thing. the epa has limited ability to make an impact here because the economy will win out politically. it's better to be above board on this. what's better? clean natural gas or dirty tar sand oil or dirty coal? in the broad scheme of things, natural gas will win out.
    24 Jan 2013, 11:25 AM Reply Like
  • unless like you said nat gas goes over $4 and then the economy wins out and we'll start burning the dirty coal again.
    24 Jan 2013, 11:32 AM Reply Like
  • well, that's only a partially true statement. coal is on the EPA's shi* list, and deservedly so. it's a filthy source of energy. regulation will steer power plants towards natural gas and away from coal. nat gas will have to get very expensive (not likely) and there is almost no chance of anything other than coal plant retirements going forward.


    coal isn't dead, but it's crippled.
    24 Jan 2013, 11:56 AM Reply Like
  • What CHK is trying to set the standards for US gas production; why not? EPA wants to find good stuff ( hard to believe isn't it) about gas industry. Why fight the government when you can be on the 'green' side? All natgas e&p needs to be transparent enough to win the news cycle battle.
    opinion folks, no flaring needed....
    24 Jan 2013, 12:44 PM Reply Like
  • Too bad the EPA isn’t babysitting Chk at the Truman padsite in Arlington gasland Texas. They “did” use an electric rig...I’ll give them that, but when it came to fracking, they aren’t using the Best Available emission Control Technologies to use natural gas to power engines during fracking (and only use diesel when those engines are idling). And for the flowback, they refuse to use URBAN flowback tanks that are ventless and pressurized. They still use the old school OPEN HATCH flowback tanks and then hide behind lax regulations to justify not drillng right near densly populated areas. Now they run around with body guards at the city council meetings-last Tuesday they were successful in getting a permit to put 10 more wells within 360 feet of a daycare center. Google “Arlington Frcking Tour of Daycare Centers”.
    24 Jan 2013, 02:40 PM Reply Like
  • Kim, heard those stories too (and hear a johnnypopper near my house) - just saying that CHK looking like being agreeable is better than not. Horror stories are everywhere and the regulation that is needed for any nat gas transformational boom is not in place yet.
    24 Jan 2013, 03:57 PM Reply Like
  • i'm sure the EPA has fielded a whole bunch of calls over every single possible violation that could be called out. but maybe you're right.. those opposed don't have enough sense to report violations?
    24 Jan 2013, 04:05 PM Reply Like
  • My grandparents settled on a homestead in 1920. There was always oil in the water. Cattle snorted the haze off before they drank. America needs the oil and gas, however I want it obtained without causing contamination to the homes and ranch land. Get the EPA in there and let's do it right. Go American!
    24 Jan 2013, 04:51 PM Reply Like
  • I am a tree hugger but think it is now time to get America out of the Middle East. We can put Americans to work in the gas/oil business which creates economic growth through jobs, the need for stores, schools and transportation. We can do it while protecting our environment. Go American-go green.
    24 Jan 2013, 04:51 PM Reply Like
  • Probably a good move to get the EPA there and then do everything 10 times better than usual. Have all the PLANS together so that they look good & smooth doing the job and then say yep the ALL go this good..


    I worked Maintenance in Food Factory (Salty snack food) and we had OSHA come in and inspect as part of the VPP (Voluntary Protection Plans) which meant they said fix this & fix that and came back to check we did what was asked then the company got free pass on inspections for a good many years and got cheaper insurance as well...
    24 Jan 2013, 05:26 PM Reply Like
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