“Absurd.”

That’s how area “watchdog” Bill Gordon describes a request made to the Railroad Commission of Texas by a company interested in locating an oil and gas waste disposal well about six miles south of Bluff Dale.

It’s “another attempt by EOG Resources to ‘intimidate’ the citizens of Bluff Dale,” Gordon said.

Gordon took exception with EOG’s request for the RRC to “issue a ruling requiring any person desiring to present expert testimony and support documents (at the upcoming March hearing) to present the … (RRC) and EOG Resources Inc. with the following by 5 p.m., Feb. 7:

The proposed expert’s name, address and telephone number; The proposed expert’s resume or a description of the expert’s field of expertise and qualifications, and A summary of the proposed expert’s opinions and conclusions related to this application.

“First of all, I don’t recall any state statute or RRC regulation that requires the citizens of Bluff Dale to employ ‘expert’ witnesses for the hearing,” Gordon said in the memo to the RRC. “Even if the citizens do employ ‘expert’ witnesses, where is the state statute that requires us to submit our intentions, opinions, and conclusions to EOG Resources, three weeks in advance of the hearing scheduled for March 1, 2007.

“As far as I am concerned, we have until February 28, 2007, to prepare for our hearing scheduled for March 1, 2007, not February 7, 2007, as EOG Resources is suggesting! This appears to me to be an attempt to shorten our recent hearing extension (granted by the RRC on December 20, 2006) by three weeks.

“Does EOG Resources plan to submit their “expert” intentions, opinions, and conclusions to the citizens of Bluff Dale prior to the hearing? If not, is this request by EOG Resources not a bit ‘one sided’ and ‘unfair?’

“Since EOG Resources was denied their request to convert the original January 5, 2007, hearing to a pre-hearing conference, this appears to be another attempt by EOG Resources to exclude the individual citizens of Bluff Dale of their constitutional rights to voice their opinion by testifying at the hearing.”

In addition, Gordon said, an EOG representative also has stated that EOG Resources has amended “its application to eliminate the request for a commercial disposal well.”

“Has EOG Resources submitted an ‘amended’ application (W-14) to the RRC stating this?” Gordon asked. “ If so, this is good news. If not, please provide clarification to Mr. Whitworth’s statement.”

The proposed EOG waste site is located on FM 205, a road that splinters off of FM 2481, which runs between Bluff Dale and Three Way.

Efforts to reach EOG officials for comment were unsuccessful.

DOUG MYERS is Managing Editor of the Empire-Tribune. He can be reached at doug.myers@empiretribune.com or (254) 965-3124, ext. 229.