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Monday, 24 February 2014 06:16

Texas Size Hypocrisy: ExxonMobil CEO Opposes Fracking-Related Water Tower Near His Home

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abant(Photo:billb1961)Among the many hypocritical examples of the Not in My Backyard (NIMBY) syndrome, place the legal opposition of ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to the construction of a new water tower near his suburban Denton, Texas, estate at the top of the pyramid.

The story broke on February 20 in the Wall Street Journal in an article entitled: "Exxon CEO Joins Suit Citing Fracking Concerns: Residents of Dallas Suburb Fight Construction of Tower That Would Provide Water for Drilling." As noted in a piece posted on Truthout in December of 2013, Denton is a hotbed of fracking activity. This has resulted in a citizen revolt against all the threats that fracking poses: toxic chemical use, acceleration of global warming, air pollution, water pollution, earth tremor risks, noise, airborne debris, bright night lights and more -- much more.

One of the fracking perils is the excessive use of water that is required to produce fossil fuel out of the process.  The large amount of water needed not only depletes supplies of already limited fresh water in many locations, it returns the water in polluted form.   

In a book, "Extraction: How the Quest for Mineral Wealth Is Plundering the Planet," to be released by Chelsea Green Publishing in April, a passage discusses the wasteful water use involved in fracking:

The large amount of water consumed in nonconventional fracking [which is the kind that is exploding across the nation now] is a particular concern....It requires around 15 million liters per frack, far more than the 0.4 million liters historically required to frack a conventional well in the same area....The dramatic water consumption is a concern everywhere this type of fracking occurs, but it is of particular concern in arid regions like the Western United States....

Post-fracking, the recovered water and other fluids are largely toxic waste.

The residents of Denton may finally have had enough. Thom Hartmann recently reported on Truthout that it is likely there will be a proposal to ban fracking in the city on the next ballot. As Hartmann quotes Sharon Wilson of Earthworks Texas, "Enough is Enough. When this ban passes, the fracking industry will have its own bad behavior, and [the] city's stonewalling, to blame."

You can be sure that the CEO of ExxonMobil is a promoter of fracking, just not in his backyard in his estate just outside of Denton (but within Denton County). As a local ABC affiliate reported:

Rex Tillerson has joined a lawsuit to stop construction of a water tower near his $1.3 million estate on Dove Creek Road. That water would be used in fracking, a process to drill oil and gas.

Tillerson even appeared at a Bartonville Town Council meeting to speak against it.

The lawsuit claims the project would create a noise nuisance and traffic hazards.

In short, fracking -- we are told by the fossil fuel industry -- is harmless, non-disruptive and healthy for everyone but the CEO of ExxonMobil, who doesn't want a water tower near his Texas spread that is needed for the exorbitant amount of H20 necessary for the fracking drilling springing up like tumors on a Fukushima fish.

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