Wed
Mar 26 2008
08:11 am

Very few people realize how many land owners in Roane County do not own the oil and gas rights below their property. The Laws protecting them from events such as the Oliver Springs blowout are inadequate at best.

For instance there's this quote from the EPA's on site coordinator:

“The owner of the property is going to be responsible for the remediation of this property,” Gaughan said.

So if some driller blows up a well and doesn't have the insurance or resources to remediate the damage, the financial burden falls to the land owner?

That's not fair!

So far nobody has stepped up and acted like they had responsibility but I would place primary responsibility on the drilling entity, Walden Resources, for this reason: If you do something, you are responsible for the bad things that it causes. We have a man who was burned and people whose homes were jeapardized...And we certainly have an inadequate response on the part of local authorities. We should all sit down and come up with plans to deal with a recurrence of this situation and make sure that Walden Resources is responsible for complete remedy of the damage they caused.

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