It’s bad behavior by the oil and gas industry that has turned the public against fracking. In a recent Pew Poll, 49% of Americans said they were against fracking. A UT poll found an even split between fracking supporters and fracking opposition but 53% said they didn’t know what hydraulic fracturing or fracking means and 89% of Americans want renewable technology development.
Few operators have worse behavior than EagleRidge. I blogged about them this week and posted a video that shows lack of concern for worker safety. Today we learn the City of Denton has issued a restraining order against EagleRidge. Apparently they believe rules are not meant for them.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: I just got word that Denton requested a temporary restraining order but it was denied. There will be a hearing in 10 to 14 days so people need to be in that courtroom.
Here is a photo taken last night by a Mansfiled resident. This shows air emissions coming from what residents call the EagleRidge Northeast drill site.
And here is a photo from a different Mansfield resident taken in September from what residents call the EagleRidge southwest pad site.
So when industry says they won’t contaminate your air, they are just blowing smoke up your backside. The Mansfield ordinance requires filters that will prevent some of these emissions but that rule is not being enforced and I think I know why.
As reported today in the Texas Tribune, Mansfield has no separation between industry and city.
“It does allow citizens to control what’s going on in their own cities — and that’s a good thing,” said Stephen Lindsey, the mayor pro tem of Mansfield, a suburb of Fort Worth, one of Texas’ first major cities to embrace drilling. City rules should include flexibility for companies, added Lindsey, who works for Quicksilver Resources, a Fort Worth-based drilling company.
In that same article, Trinity East president said he was “baffled” by the response from Dallas residents.
“We’re sort of baffled,” said Steve Fort, president of Trinity East, which paid Dallas $19 million in 2008 to lease 3,500 acres of land and spent millions more on planning. “We feel like we paid for something here that we’re not receiving.”
Maybe Fort should have thought twice before he tried to drill and place a gas refinery in the flood plane next to a soccer field and maybe he should have thought long and hard before threatening Zac Trehan in an attempt to keep dirty secrets.
Industry has no one to blame but themselves.
The growing EagleRidge list.
- An EagleRidge Operating worker was indicted in June 2012 on a felony charge of illegally dumping. City employees visiting the company’s well site in the 3100 block of Airport Road found a pump forcing contaminated water into a tributary of Hickory Creek. LINK
- EagleRidge was operating wells in Denton without a permit. LINK
- EagleRidge had a blowout in Denton that got “sanitized.” LINK But it didn’t stay “sanitized.” LINK
- EagleRidge is drilling in a Denton neighborhood less than 200 feet from homes.
- EagleRidge is drilling in Mansfield and polluting air, violating sound ordinances and dividing neighbors. LINK
- EagleRidge is an awful employer. LINK
- EagleRidge thinks they are above the law. LINK
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In this country we have separation between church and state. Now all we need is separation between city and industry.
We don’t really have separation between church and state anymore.
How true TXsharon. As an example in Booger County, the Cowboy Church is held at a public building for the local Fire Hall funded by tax money.
So true. All of us learned in school that the founding fathers stressed that we should have freedom from religion. But when individuals get in charge and want to run the cities, state and country like they run their own church, we need an intervention or some kind of national history lesson in the very least. Becoming a theocracy was never the idea in the Constitution. But it seems to have taken hold in so many parts of America including our state.
John F. Kennedy said it all so well when he was running for office in 1960 and spoke to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association.
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