Update: Denton fracking nightmare makes international news, residents make terrorist watch list.

by TXsharon on December 4, 2013

in Denton, EagleRidge

Update: CBS11′s Jason Allen covered the foaming gas wells in Mansfield and the Denton residents who are on the DHS watch list

Asked to clarify his comments on Wednesday, Grawe told CBS 11 News that he could not say anything about that meeting. The Denton Police Department and the city manager’s office both said they were unaware of any issues with civil disobedience or residents being on a watch list.

Cathy McMullen, who works with a drilling awareness group in the city, said that she thinks there may be some truth to the statement, but believes that it was meant to intimidate. “You have to know they would use any means that they needed to try and control you or watch a conversation or intimidate you,” she said.

A petroleum engineer had some questions about the foaming gas well:

in the news program it is mentioned that ‘firefighters tested the bubbles to see if they were toxic’

my question:  what test did the firefighters perform on these bubbles?  and what is a firefighter’s idea of toxicity?  and why didn’t the regulatory agency that governs Oil and Gas exploration do some testing?

or god forbid, someone marches out to the camera with a MSDS and shows folks what type of ‘industrial soap’ aka surfactant.

This is more of the industry’s Psychological Warfare against the American public.


Last night there was a candlelight vigil for the Vintage and Bonnie Brea neighborhoods that are about to get fracked by EagleRidge Energy. This vigil attended by teachers, retirees, children, families and students was held outside before the city council meeting. RT TV is in North Texas this week reporting on fracking in Texas so they were there to capture it on video.

This news segment is titled: Fracking protest in Denton, Texas

Remember my blog post referencing comments made by Mark Grawe, Chief Operating Officer at EagleRidge Energy (EagleRidge), Denton, Texas that indicated residents who object to his company’s reckless operations way too close to their homesschools and parks are terrorists worthy of inclusion on the Department of Homeland Security’s watch list.

Here is the audio recording of Grawe’s comments. Link fixed so tape will play when clicked.

I have a few questions for the Department of Homeland Security regarding this terrorist watch list that:

  1. How does someone like Grawe find out who is on your watch list and can I find out the same information?
  2. How did Grawe know that a very small, close group was planning this action?
  3. Are we under some kind of surveillance where our phones are tapped and our email compromised?

I think you can see that there is no threat from any of the people involved in the “protest.”

Thank you RT for covering our fracking nightmare.

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

Laughingthroughtears December 4, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Unreal. Land of the Free? Punishment for protesting our right to live safely? What country is this?!

I’m probably on a list somewhere, too.


TXsharon December 4, 2013 at 2:35 pm

A candlelight vigil with lots of children is a threat to our national security.


Anymous December 4, 2013 at 6:42 pm

These days, we have to be very scared of our gubment at every turn in the road. It’s not like the days of old. Makes you wonder how a free-enterprize gubment like we have, can survive when the peasants have no confidence in it.


anyone December 4, 2013 at 8:06 pm

Terrorists. LOL. If you aren’t on that watch list you are doing something wrong. This government is a wholly owned subsidiary of the “oil producing energy companies of greater profit, and lower morals.” Can’t wait for that long over due “terrorist uprising” that should hit politics this next cycle.


Alberta Neighbor December 4, 2013 at 11:04 pm

It seems this industry is literally kicking the crap out of national security, water security, food security, health security and now energy security. Will there be any security left?

“A group representing some of the largest manufacturing companies in the United States warns that rising natural gas prices for consumers might be linked to recent U.S. federal approval of five liquified natural gas (LNG) terminals to export methane from the nation’s rapidly depleting shale gas fields.

In a Dec. 2 press release, the Industrial Energy Consumers of America reported that ‘prices of natural gas have increased by 35.6 per cent since August 2012, when the first LNG export terminal was approved.’

The group, which represents companies such as Dow Chemical, have long argued that the U.S. shouldn’t export surplus methane supplies created by the shale gas boom without first considering the impact on consumers and industries dependent on cheap feed stocks of natural gas.

… Australia, which invested nearly $200 in a LNG export boom in the last six years, has experienced rising natural gas prices for consumers as well.

A recent report on that nation’s natural gas supply shows the average price of gas in the east coast of Australia could rise from $3 a gigajoule to as high as $12 a gigajoule due to expanded exports and poor data on natural gas reserves.”


I suppose there’s always Homeland Security … clutching the names of candle-bearing kids and their parents.



TXsharon December 4, 2013 at 11:59 pm

We are so foolish.


Alberta Neighbor December 5, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I think Homeland should make a new watch list entitled:

AMBUSH: Dish-scrubbing kids who pass out at the sink.

And if they “watch” closely enough, maybe they can prevent some of them from hitting the floor.



Another Alberta Neighbour December 5, 2013 at 11:06 am

Excellent post, as ever Sharon. Thank you.

Bubble bubble, foam and trouble.

Alberta’s energy regulator called me a terrorist too, in an official legal filing no less.

The regulator lied. The Court of Queen’s Bench even called them out on their lie:

“the ERCB cannot rely on its argument on the Weibo eco-terrorism claim, in the total absence of evidence. There is none.”

I think the world knows who the real terrorists are.

Encana staff told me that the company uses many mixes of chemicals to drill and frac, including foamers and de-foamers.

One of the changes I observed in my water after Encana secretly (enabled by our constitutional rights violating regulator) fractured our drinking water aquifers, was that soaps and shampoos no longer foamed or bubbled, no matter how much I used. I had not bought any new products; my water used to be soft, soaps lasted a very long time, a tiny bit made lots of suds.

Before my Encana frac water was de-foamed or turned bubble-less, I experienced horrific rash, phenomenally painful. I went to my doctor because i had to travel at the time and thought I had a contagious skin disease needing me to cancel my trip.

The doctor said, “No, you can travel. Your skin looks like you’ve been exposed to industrial soap.”

I never thought it was my water. I thought it was me. Secrets and law violating, “world-class” regulators ensure a long, toxic frac cover up.

It wasn’t until my dogs backed away in revulsion from well water I had just poured for them that I began to suspect frac’ing. After years and hundreds of insanely shallow perfs and fracs, Encana told my community that they had not done any fracs around Rosebud.

Encana frac’d and frac’d and frac’d and frac’d, and lied and lied and lied and lied. They’re still lying.

Years ago, oil and gas industry colleagues sent me Encana data proving that the company “fractured” the fresh water aquifers that supply my well and others in the community, including the municipal supply wells for the hamlet of Rosebud.

A hydrogeological investigation and report commissioned by Encana nearly a decade ago also proves that Encana frac’d our aquifers. I later obtained data showing about 200 Encana gas wells perforated and “fractured” above the Base of Groundwater Protection in my community.

Yup, it’s official, 200 = 0.

Encana’s recently filed Statement of Defence now admits 2 gas wells, but claims they weren’t frac’d, just stimulated.

Yup, it’s official, hydraulic fracturing = tickling by Tinker Bell.


PS I still don’t have safe water and like a low budget horror film producer, Encana continues to frac above the Base of Groundwater Protection in my community.


kimfeil December 6, 2013 at 9:31 am

They were pumping nitrogen when this plant blew….that fog in Denton was a nitro lift job…..not so safe is it?



Andy Mechling December 7, 2013 at 2:12 pm

First; good to hear from you & I hope you are well and staying warm.

Why do you say that they were using nitrogen? Are they actually? Do we have any actual confirmation of this?
My inderstanding is that nitrogen “lifts” have very much fallen out of favor. CO2 injection
or acid gas injection in general have peoven to be much more affordable and effective at hydrocarbon recovery. Also, one hears quite a bit about Natural Gas Liquids, in raw form.break


Andy Mechling December 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Nitrogen is expensive and harder to compress into liquid form, and is less well suited for “water flooding” techniques than heavier molecules like CO2 and the NGLs.
Nitrogen is also essentially non- toxic. While I am inclined to believe that some operator might CLAIM to be performing a Nitrogen “Lift”; I am more skeptical that this sort of thing is actually occuring in Texas right now.
The only reason Im inclined to believe it at all is because you said it.
So Wassup?


TXsharon December 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

The operator claimed they used a nitrogen stimulation to clean out the well of debris. But, they can say anything because we have no way to verify it and there is no accountability.


TXsharon December 7, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Wait. Kim said Denton. This happened in Mansfield so I’m not clear. I’ve not heard about a nitro lift in Denton causing fog and I’m pretty sure I would know.

Alberta Neighbor December 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm

Some companies are doing “energized fracs” in Alberta, and nitrogen seems to be the ingredient of choice for these up here. We see the nitrogen trucks, and smaller nitrogen tanks on frac trucks, everywhere.

Seems they have their preferences in Texas as well.

“A hydraulic fracturing process can be energized by the addition of a compressible, sometimes soluble, gas phase into the treatment fluid. When the well is produced, the energized fluid expands and gas comes out of solution. Energizing the fluid creates high gas saturation in the invaded zone, thereby facilitating gas flowback. A new compositional hydraulic fracturing model has been created (EFRAC).

… EFRAC was successfully used to simulate several fracture treatments in a gas field in South Texas. Based on production estimates, energized fluids may be required when drawdown pressures are smaller than the capillary forces in the formation.

… A second, more general, sensitivity study was conducted. Simulations show that CO2 outperforms N2 as a fluid component because it has higher solubility in water at fracturing temperatures and pressures. In fact, all gas components with higher solubility in water will increase the fluid’s ability to reduce damage in the invaded zone. Adding methanol to the fracturing solution can increase the solubility of CO2. N2 should only be used if the gas leaks-off either during the creation of the fracture or during closure, resulting in gas going into the invaded zone.”


TXsharon December 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm

The worst emissions we’ve seen in the Barnett Shale were from a nitro frack.

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