The Texas Railroad Commission continues to enable the Big Gas Mafia to steal from Texans. The most recent case of personal property theft in the Barnett Shale happened to Grand Prairie residents. No one can tell this torturous story as thoroughly and cleverly as the Westchester Gasette. And they even included a video of a sequined TRC Chairman, Elizabeth Ames Jones, singing with a feather boa.
At the Big Gashole PR Convention I attended recently, the code word of the day was “transparent.” They talked a lot about being transparent but there was little consensus on what that word really means or how transparent is transparent.
Michael Kehs – VP Strategic affairs & PR, Chesapeake Energy CHK, made fun of people who are concerned about the environment. He called us names like Bananas. :/
He also said: • Prove worthy of public trust & talk about who we are. We are not outsiders. We live and work here.
Ah, no, actually you don’t live here. And, the very few who do live here don’t live that close to gas wells–not close like us. That was confirmed in a conversation with another CHK PR person.
To prove just how clueless these PR Gasholes are: Kehs admitted that industry practices can be “annoying” but he thinks the only people “annoyed” are the ones not participating in the money side.
Color me annoyed. And I know plenty of other folks who are participating in the money side who are equally annoyed.
But this post is about the people who could participate in the money side but they have made a choice–for whatever reason–to hang onto their personal property for the time being. And what does CHK do to those people? They file a Rule 37 so the Texas Railroad Commission can enable them to steal private citizen’s personal property.
The FW Weekly shines a light into the opaque world of Chesapeake Energy’s “transparency.”
Notice: Public Beware
State agency decisions on public notices draw criticism.
By Dan McGraw
Last year, Chesapeake Energy filed a request with the Texas Railroad Commission for what’s called a Rule 37 exception, to allow it to take natural gas without paying for it from property owners who have not signed leases. The exception involved the University West neighborhood. Chesapeake had run a notice of their request in the Star-Telegram, and 13 homeowners filed protests.
A week later, Chesapeake withdrew its request but refiled a few weeks later. This time they posted a public notice in the Commercial Recorder, the paper that contains mostly court filings and has a circulation of less than 5,000. None of the homeowners protested, because none had read the notice, since none of them had even heard of the Recorder. The Rule 37 exception was approved, and drilling began a few months later.
Just last week, the 12-page Recorder carried four public notices in the paper on waivers sought by drilling companies
That is Chesapeake Energy CHK proving worthy of public trust. That Chesapeake being transparent.
Note to Gasholes:
The reality is they can’t afford to be transparent and they know it. But, if they use the word transparent often enough, if they make it bold and red–transparent–or put it in all caps–TRANSPARENT— maybe they will fool someone into thinking they are the Good Guys.