Daily Archives: November 8, 2011

Salisbury, Maryland settles MTBE lawsuit, pockets $700,000

When I was a kid my family would frequently drive through this town on our way to the Maryland ocean beaches. Methyl tertiary butyl ether (MTBE) causes taste and odor problems at low concentrations in drinking water……One contaminated well, a class action lawsuit, and a $900,000 settlement. Click here for more.


AWWA position statement on hydraulic fracturing – More rules, bigger government?

Below is a statement on hydraulic fracturing issued by the American Water Works Association (AWWA). Keep in mind that this is not the organization many old hands in the water industry will recall. When I joined the staff under David Preston in the early 1980s, the organization had a stated policy that it would not seek any government contracts….only grants. This enabled it to function independently from agencies like USEPA…and be able to objectively assess drinking water issues. This is no longer the case. Spearheaded by former EPA employees Jack Mannion and completed by Jack Hoffbuhr as the executive directors through the 1990s into 2000s, the organization made a big turn to become an appendage of the federal government, and specifically USEPA. It should not be a surprise, therefore, that AWWAs positions typically favor or advocate more regulations and bigger government. Perhaps we’ll say more about these and other changes in future posts….and how’s that hope and change working out for you?

Consolidation of the solar power industry….Will it survive?

 “From now until 2015 is the first phase, when about two-thirds of the players will be shaken out.” ….click here for more.