This day was intense! It started at midnight with a call from one of the petroleum engineers I know. We had a chat and a good laugh about “a casual observer” we know and then I had a hard time going to sleep. At 9:00 AM a local TV news reporter called and wanted to do an on camera interview that you can see Monday night. At that time, I looked a lot like this guy.
I pulled it together, did the interview and answered about 500 emails and about 10 11 phone calls.
It took a while for Arlington, at large, to get clued in but now they are on fire. Industry is making enemies right and left and they only have themselves to blame.
So, there is a lot of information flying around and I’m missing most of it. I hope, Dear Readers, you know that, while I don’t post everything, I try to post goodies you can’t get just anywhere. But, I’m going to post a few items of interest here.
Hydrofracking impact on the health of livestock and humans– new study from two Cornell researchers
They wanted to cut down a bunch of old oak trees for an Eagle Ford Shale pipeline. Oak trees to be removed to make way for oil pipeline. But there was an uproar and now the pipeline company is changing the route.
North Dakota is just like the rest of us! Welcome to boomtown: oil production raises health concerns
Texas is getting another pipeline and a fractionator. Oneok to build NGL pipeline, fractionator. This pipeline will carry Asia’s gas, not ours.
Those whiny Texans are complaining about the damage done to their land by pipelines. Texas Ruling On Pipelines Is Challenged By Industry
The industry says its costs are soaring as landowners, bolstered by a recent appellate-court opinion, seek much higher payments for damage to their property values from pipelines and reject what they see as lowball offers from companies. Under Texas law, companies can build pipelines across private property over landowners’ objections, but must pay for use of the land and any damage to the value of the rest of the property.
A boxer is starting a fracking hunger strike. In the Clearing Stands a Boxer: One Man’s Fight Against Fracking
Fracking earthquakes and now landslides. Drilling Company Dealing With Landslides
This one really deserves some fanfare so ******Fracking Nonsense: The Job Myth of Gas Drilling******
Okay, there’s more but I have a glass of wine to drink and a weenie dog to pet and, I think, some mind-numbing TV is in order.
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Pipeline can avoid sensitive areas, like those old oak trees, with a little field planning, & not just using a map, pencil, & rules to route a pipeline. Case in point in Texas:
Kim Feil says
Speaking of the “Job Myth in Gas Drilling”, check out the double whammy taxation myth being real once your well is productive….. http://arkansasnews.com/2012/01/12/opponents-of-oil-gas-royalty-taxes-lose-appeal/
“The plaintiffs further alleged that the tax is a multiple tax because the oil and gas is subject to severance and income taxes; that the tax is not assessed on non-producing properties; that a tax on oil and gas royalties is a privilege or excise tax, not a property tax; and that tax rates do not reflect the actual prices paid for the oil and gas.”