Thursday, May 6, 2010

Final Exco Evacuees Back Home

After two weeks, the last of the evacuated residents of a south Caddo neighborhood returned home after an Exco Resources drilling rig hit an unexpected gas pocket that caused gas to escape and allegedly taint the aquifer in the area.

Lest we gas fans feel so superior about the safety record of the gas industry after watching terrible accidents in a coal mine in West Virginia and on a oil drilling rig offshore, the Exco incident should be a reminder that we all benefit from constant vigilance in making sure drillers and producers take every precaution to ensure the health and safety of humans and the environment.  It is a balancing act that is of great importance given the proximity of shale gas drilling to inhabited areas.

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