DISH, TX -- DISH mayor Calvin Tillman and affected Wise County property owner Tim Ruggiero will be touring the Marcellus Shale discussing ShaleTest.org, a non-profit environmental testing organization co-founded by the two.
Last fall the formation of ShaleTest was announced in Fort Worth. Since the announcement, the ShaleTest Board of Directors have been working on building the non-profit in an effort to to provide environmental testing to lower income families. DISH mayor Calvin Tillman says that "this will be my fourth trip to the Marcellus Shale and it will be great to announce ShaleTest to that area, it is our goal to have a permanent presence in this region soon ".
Co-Founder Tim Ruggiero says "I have seen first hand the damage caused by drillers motivated more by profit than any attempt at being a Good Neighbor. Some drillers are reckless, cut corners and simply do not follow the law. Self-regulation and self-reporting are not working. Where there is no responsibility, there is no accountability. We need to drill, and we need the energy-but it needs to be done responsibly, with respect to people and their private property. I am excited to join Mayor Tillman on the 2011 Truth Tour on the Marcellus Shale."