The following comment was posted on one of the blog posts about the Ruggiero family and Aruba Petroleum.
Tim, Christine and Reilly,
A Grandparents perspective:
When we approached Tim and Christine’s home we could see the rigs from some distance off. I had no idea of the ruin caused by Aruba. The horse pasture was gone, replaced by drilling rigs, trucks, tanks,noise and unidentifiable smells. Their small property had been transformed from a peaceful country setting to an ugly industrial site.
As we turned the corner into their driveway, I noticed tears in my wifes’ eyes and her silence told much about how she was feeling. We had come for Thanksgiving as we often do, but this would be much different. Sorrow filled my wife and myself as we noticed how tired our beautiful daughter looked.
It had not been so long ago that we had shared Tim and Christine’s joy when they purchased their new home and as they shared their vision to turn it into a sanctuary for themselves and our granddaughter Reilly. A place where Reilly could have her beloved animals and revel in the nature which surrounded her. A pond, a wooded area, and maybe someday a place for horses. Two dogs became four and the home was filled with a menagerie of critters from hamsters to guinea pigs to rabbits and even a whole bunch of praying mantis. The smaller animals often caught a ride on Reilly’s head and might show up at the doctors office much to the shock of the physician.
Reilly has always had a deep concern and love for animals and hopes someday to become a vet. Probably her most exciting moment was when Ninya her new horse joined the family last Christmas.
Along with Ninya came Franklin, an incredibly scruffy abandoned stable dog, dog number five. Soon to follow were stables, an enclosed pasture and riding lessons.
An idealic way of life to be sure but it was accomplished through hard work, long hours and persistance. This was to be their home, their santuary, it represented safety and security, a place that was a joy to visit, relax and enjoy our kids and granddaughter. The seemingly perpetual smile on their faces was a tonic to us.
It is gone now, the horse pasture, the horses, the view of the pond, the peaceful setting. It has been replaced by an industrial site with all the inherent noise, smells and pollution. Gone is the property value but more importantly, the peace is gone from the faces of our children.
Kids are resilient but I suspect that Reilly hides her heartbreak very well.
Aruba, I have given you a very personal insight, will the money justify the damage to property and lives? I hope that others will say no!!
Jim and Tommie Edwards, proud parents and grandparents.
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We are absolutely STUPID for buying property in Texas for quiet residential living. It can't happen where oil and gas drilling is prevelent, and that is almost all of Texas. So if you want to live here for a job or what ever, do it on the cheap. Don't spend a bunch of money for residential living in Texas.
Texas is not a place to call home anymore. The new slogan will soon be "Bring your own gas mask", if you have to work here.
As far as setting up a homestead and raising your family, that is NOT a good idea.
For all of the unfortunate people who purchased land without mineral rights before they knew what living on top of the Barnett Shale meant, good luck selling now. The word is out.
Perhaps the mortgage industry will start getting involved when enough people start walking away.
Nate Bowman says
This is in NY, but gives some hope.
On WNYC's "Brian Lehrer Show" on 12/24 Steve Lawitts, acting commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, discussed the city’s findings that hydraulic drilling for natural gas would contaminate the watershed serving the city. This counters the intent of the state government.
Also on Democracy Now
To the Ruggerios, Edwards, and other good boys and girls: Aruba, Chesapeake, and those like them have hearts made out of dirty black coal. How do I know? I had put the coal in their stockings myself after they were caught by my helpers like Sharon and OGAP being very, very naughty companies and corporate citizens. That's how they're able to face the world and act like they are normal human beings–no real hearts=no conscience. As to how they are able to sleep at night, we-e-ll I've been watching and let's just say they use a lot of the money thay steal from hard working people to "medicate" themselves. You all hang in there and hang together–or these coal-hearted Gringes will hang you separately. Keep the air clean because the boys are getting a little older and are getting tired of having to put up with smog and dirty air around here–as are my boys and girls, small and big alike. Sorry I can't use my real name–just passing through tonight but am from further north of the B.S. region. Ho, h…have a good 2010!