I’ve already read Clifford Krauss’ “Shale Boom in Texas Could Increase U.S. Oil Output” in the NY Times so you don’t need to keep forwarding it to me. And, no, I’m not going to provide a link to that shoddy reporting job. If you want to read it, use Google.
Here’s what Krauss didn’t write about: When he was in the Barnett Shale last year we had several phone conversations and exchanged quite a few emails. I provided many contacts for him to interview. His conclusion, shared with me over the phone: The biggest story never told in the Barnett Shale is the intimidation industry uses against citizens. Why didn’t you ever write that story, Krauss?
Now days, rather than rape and pillage other countries like Nigeria, the oil and gas industry can create sacrifice zones right here at home. If an industry has enough money to create pretty, pretty ads on the TV that tell about how wonderful and clean you are, then you can easily turn whole areas–Metropolises even–into sacrifice zones. You can turn neighbor against neighbor and can create third world country situations without leaving the country. Think of that! No need to get passports!
And people will thank them for it! Some will stuff their pockets and bank accounts from the money they earned developing these toxic neighborhoods. The Big Gas Mafia will help enshrine them on the boards to facilitate the further destruction.
during June 2007 when we had over 30″ of rain.
Oh no! Look who owns all the water!
Pickens owns more water than any other individual in the U.S. and is looking to control even more.
Another major theme of the meeting was making money from water technologies for mining. During a session chaired by John Veil, the audience heard how producing water for mining and cleaning it up after it’s destroyed will be the Promised Land for the industry. They discussed with glee how fracked gas, known in Europe as shale gas, uses millions of gallons of water that can be produced through desalination or provided in other ways. And after it’s horribly polluted, the industry can benefit from “processing” it so that it can be “reused” by the public. Sounds like a science fiction nightmare.
When will you write about that, Krauss?