My NUMBER ONE favorite highlight from 2012 was having a billion-dollar corporation, Range Resources, single me out. I know it’s self centered to make this event the highlight of my year but they made me feel special and helped double my Twitter followers!
Monthly countdown of blog highlights:
My first highlight of 2012 came on January 8 with the most thorough reporting to date of the fracking mafia’s use of PSYOPS in our neighborhoods.
The Denton Record Chronicle
Into hostile territory
Recordings: Companies endorse military tactics to counter the anti-drilling ‘insurgency’
Peggy Henkel-Wolfe and Lowell Brown
And who can forget the bizarre wall of stinking foam in a creek caused by runoff from the Magnablend fracking chemical plant and the even more bizarre response from TCEQ saying it’s all perfectly safe.
Denton City Council passed a 120 day moratorium on new drilling permits. That moratorium has been extended a couple of times and recently was extended through February of 2013.
I love a good story and this is a great story with disastrous consequences for water drinkers: A case study in how industry influence squelches the science of gas drilling impacts
March was a big month for exposing the health impacts caused by fracking.
- Doctors confirmed increased skin lesions in those who live near fracking.
- New study: Tiny doses of chemicals used in drilling and fracking have big health effects
- Study finds living near fracking is risky for health
- Emerging concern: Are Gas Patch residents at greater risk of heart attack?
April brought us a low point with the resignation of our beloved Dr. Al. But, on second thought, it’s great to have him unfettered by governmental restraints. This was a monumental failure of the media to follow Journalism 101.
Brantley Hargrove waded through a mountain of court records to bring us the best reporting, to date, on the Range Resources Parker County water contamination case.
How One Man’s Flaming Water Fired Up a Battle Between Texas and the EPA
Steve Lipsky’s epic battle and what it means for the future of fracking.
By Brantley Hargrove Thursday, Apr 26 2012
Let it hereby be known that I predicted the new reality show for fracking mafia wives on April 2. I think I should receive royalties.
The merry, merry month of May may have been my favorite month of the whole year. I went to court for a hearing that was meant to intimidate me but we decided to stand up against intimidation. The judge ruled against me using faulty logic and math but I got some really good press. I had to comply with the subpoena. The judge got some really bad press and Karma found him.
Chesapeake and Encana were accused of price fixing. Later in the year they were served.
A few hours after I posted this blog post, I received notice that Range Resources wanted to set the date for my deposition. The notice included a cease and desist. Their decision looks like retaliation since my discovery and sworn testimony at the hearing showed I was innocent of any conspiracy. This same month, my blog logged its 1 millionth view.
I visited Montana to talk fracking.
A new word was coined. Frackademia: noun – An academic aligned with frackers.
I was deposed and it was ridiculous. My favorite moment may have been when my generous and kind attorney, Scott McLain, said something like this: Andy are you going to ask any questions about the Lipsky case because if you’re not we are going to leave.
When you think of Energy In Depth, think of Joe Camel pushing cigarettes on teenagers. Energy In Depth is fracking’s Joe Camel. Our dear Dory connected the DOTs and exposed the GASroots connections and made fracking Joe Camel player cards in a three part series. One of the fracking Joe Camel did a silly response to my Austin American Statesman fracking oped.
Important reports released:
- Breaking All the Rules: The Crisis in Oil & Gas Regulation
- Fracking socialism and externalized costs exposed.
- Oil & gas activities have significant impact on ozone.
Fracking: Boom or Doom
America’s hydraulic fracturing gold rush portends the greatest environmental disaster of a generation
By Denise Grollmus Wednesday, Sep 19 2012
This peer reviewed exploratory study of air quality near oil and gas activities and the resulting health impacts is consistent with the findings in Earthworks health surveys done in Pennsylvania, Pavillion, WY and the case studies fromFlowback.
Fracking earthquakes: told ya so. So remember I’ve been saying for years that you should document the condition of your foundation? Experts say vibrations from fracking caused home damage.
Energy In Depth aka fracking Joe Camel takes some major hits this month.
- A new report by Checks and Balances Project found thatfracking’s Joe Camel has been ”secretly influencing the media and the public on energy issues by moving pro-fossil fuel messaging.”
- “Energy In Depth” – A Reporters’ Guide to Its Founding, Funding, and Flacks
- Dory released her first video in the Connect the DOT on the GASroots.
Have a happy and safe new year.