This is story is ongoing. For the backstory with pictures and video click HERE.
Imagine if your neighbor did something that made him very rich but ruined your property, cost you thousands of dollars and endangered your family’s health and safety. This American Dream turned nightmare happens everyday in the Barnett Shale–one person profits from the misery of another.
This used to be a horse pasture filled with green Bermuda grass and the horses that they love. Now they pay $1000/month to board the horses.
In Texas, we have what is called a “Split Estate.” That means one person can own the surface of a piece of property and another person can own the mineral rights under that property. The mineral owner has the right of eminent domain over the surface owner. Imagine the shock some people experience when, without notice, a bulldozer pulls onto the land they purchased and starts dozing over their trees. Then a noisy, smelly, drilling rig is installed–in Texas it can be only 200′ away–and life is never again the same.
The rig belches massive amounts of diesel fumes and the constant noise is unbearable. The rig never stops, even at night. You receive threats and intimidation to shut you up.
This video was taken from the other side of the rig away from their backyard. The diesel is blowing into their backyard.
This video is taken from the backyard.
This video is taken from the other side.
About 6 weeks ago Tim contacted me for help because his family was facing this nightmare. There are thousands of stories just like Tim’s and Christine’s. What makes theirs unique is their courage to speak up despite the threats and intimidation. They have dozens of videos. Some of the videos record a toxic spill, the attempt to ignore it then cover it up and, finally, the Keystone Cops response.
Flaring of an Aruba well less than a mile from their home.
See latest update HERE
For previous posts:
Barnett Shale: In Your Backyard
NPR: State Tests Air Around Drilling And Pipeline Sites
Looking Out a Barnett Shale Kitchen Window
Aruba Petroleum, Operations in the Barnett Shale
Aruba Petroleum, Operations in the Barnett Shale – In your backyard
Spill on Aruba Petroleum Barnett Shale Drill Site!
VIDEO: Aruba Petroleum Toxic Spill in Barnett Shale
Sen. Davis Calls for Senate Investation on Barnett Shale Air
About Sharon Wilson
Sharon Wilson is considered a leading citizen expert on the impacts of shale oil and gas extraction. She is the go-to person whether it’s top EPA officials from D.C., national and international news networks, or residents facing the shock of eminent domain and the devastating environmental effects of natural gas development in their backyards.
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