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Buster Brown: RIP

May 15, 2011



                            AND NOW THEY’VE KILLED HIS DOG

Tim and Christine Ruggiero, victims of the onslaught by Aruba Petroleum and their associates have lost plenty in the recent past. As of this morning, they have said good bye to Buster, their pet.

Tim writes:    

We mourn the passing of Buster Brown, our beloved beagle of 9 years. Buster got sick from ingesting an unknown toxin in an area where drilling fluids have been spilled. Buster and his brother Jake would roam for hours in these fileds, following hundreds of rabbit trails. Buster suffered from kidney failure, so we had to say good bye to him this morning. May there always be many more rabbits than trails, my friend.

We live out in a rural area. We wanted a sfae environment for the kids to play, ride their bikes and of course, ride horses and let the dogs run around. Who would’ve thought it was a much more dangerous place to be? I think Susan Knoll has some experience with dogs getting sick/cancer in her neighborhood.

You can watch Tim and Christine on 60 Minutes by CLICKING HERE

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  1. Timothy R Ruggiero permalink
    May 21, 2011 11:46 am

    We’ll never know what killed Buster, but we certainly are suspect. Unfortunately, only expensive blood tests (sent to Texas A&M, $200.00 per test, and we have to tell them what chemicals to test for) would even begin to reveal the toxin Buster ingested. If we could identify the actual toxin, then we have to positvely link the toxin to the source. If there’s more than one source, we’re out of luck.

    Ethylene Gycol is what is in those white barrels at drill sites. Underneath the white barrels are plastic tubs that catch the leaks and spray of this toxin every time it pumps, which is every 15-20 seconds, 24/7/365. These tubs also catch any rain water, and to a thirsty dog……..Like many complaints, of headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, peripheral neuropathy (numbness in fingers, toes, limbs) nosebleeds, foul odors, and on and on, we’ll always KNOW what the cause is, but rarely are we provided a feasable opportunity to prove it. Where we can prove it, we have to do so on our own, entirely at our expense, as the TRRC is completely useless and the TCEQ is actively working against us.

    In the meantime, Industry PR flacks such as Energy In Depth, CHK’s Julie Wilson and Range Resources’ Matt Pitzarella and Marcellus Shale Coalition’s Liar in Chief Kathyrn Klaber deny, deny, deny and spin, spin, spin. Who buys this bullshit, anyway?

    I’m still waiting to hear the spin from CHK’s Wilson regarding their record setting fine of over $1 Million. 7 families had to be evacuated-or what CHK called ‘temporarily relocated’. Notice that no one would have to be ‘relocated’, temprary or otherwise if this danger wasn’t mere feet from our homes. I would point out that the very same problem that CHK had in Bradford County, PA is the same problem Aruba Petroleum had in our backyard-the only difference was that the condensate tank rupture didn’t explode or catch fire and didn’t kill anyone (yet) Recently, one another Aruba site about a half mile from our home, and of course, just a few feet from a neighborhood, the compressor station lost power, and a relief valave opened, spewing thousands of pounds of gas into the air for more than 13 hours before it was shut down.

    I made the mistake of filing an online complaint to the TCEQ. 14 hours later, the TCEQ arrived at my home and said they couldn’t find the site. (in spite of the fact that I gave them directions including street address and site name) They drove past it twice. I guess they had the windows rolled up and the music going.

    During the conversation, I mentioned to the TCEQ that the fan blades at the compressor were not turning, so I suspected there was a power outage. The TCEQ’s response was that the TCEQ does not have anything to do with compressor stations, that’s the job of the TRRC. If you take a moment at look the TCEQ’s website (designed primarily for Industry) you’ll note that the TCEQ not only issues permits for compressor stations, the TCEQ regulates them.

    I think what we really need to do is to completely disband the TCEQ and TRRC, fore every one of those gasholes, and instead of continuing to fund these useless and powerless agencies with OUR TAX DOLLARS, the money should fund our local fire departments instead. Why? Because the fire department is who I’ll be calling the next time Aruba Petroleum fails, which should be any minute, now.

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