Texas Sharon's Bluedaze http://www.texassharon.com Fracking News Fri, 22 May 2015 04:21:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Fracking bankruptcies, blowouts, corruption and more news http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/21/fracking-bankruptcies-blowouts-corruption-and-more-news/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/21/fracking-bankruptcies-blowouts-corruption-and-more-news/#respond Fri, 22 May 2015 00:28:41 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15104 The picture doesn’t much relate to the post but I just like it. I had a guy make it for me years ago. This is a compilation of some news I didn’t want you to miss. Fracking bankruptcies. Fracking companies are going bankrupt but it shouldn’t be a surprise because Deborah Lawrence might have warned […]

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The picture doesn’t much relate to the post but I just like it. I had a guy make it for me years ago.

This is a compilation of some news I didn’t want you to miss.

Fracking bankruptcies.

Fracking companies are going bankrupt but it shouldn’t be a surprise because Deborah Lawrence might have warned us a few times that this was coming.

I love this article. I love the title and I love that it mentions John Baen, a professor at UNT, who was an enthusiastic cheerleader for the Barnett Shale. Now he is lamenting because the operators that leased his minerals are going bankrupt.

‘Shale-ionaires’ Suffering from Wave of Bankrupt Oil Drillers
Bloomberg Business, May 20, 2015
Kelly Gilblom

“If you’re a landowner and you’re not happy with an operator, you don’t want them to go bankrupt,” said Jenna Keller, a Colorado oil and gas attorney, by telephone. “Because then you’re stuck with a mess.”

Many more companies, which make monthly royalty payments to tens of thousands of people, may go bankrupt in the next year, said John Castellano, a managing director at AlixPartners LLC, who focuses on company restructuring.

Sounds like we are all going to be stuck with a mess. It’s the landowners and taxpayers who will foot the cleanup bill.

Blowouts

They finally got the blowout that started on Tuesday and shot methane in the air until today under control. The people who were evacuated still haven’t been cleared to go home.

That’s a lot of methane.

UPDATE: Everything is coated in oil, the homes, vehicles, grass pastures, stock ponds, roads, trees… all coated in oil. The video shows how forcefully the methane is blowing. Well blowout leaves oil mess in Karnes County.

HOLD THE PRESSES! There has been another blowout in Karnes County.

KARNES COUNTY, Texas – Another blown well in Karnes County was reported Thursday afternoon, spewing natural gas into the air…

Is this corruption?

I have two entries for this category but do they fit under corruption? I can no longer tell.

Entry One

If this is not corruption, it’s missing a good chance. Let me see if I can get this right: Corporate lobbyists give money to ALEC so ALEC can pay for ALEC legislators to have vacations and hang out with corporate lobbyists to make decisions about laws they want to pass. HB40 is an ALEC bill. Has anyone seen Phil King lately? King is chairman of ALEC.

Just go watch the video and read the story. That’s all I can say.

So a Lobbyist and an ALEC Legislator Walk into a Bar . . . Caught on Tape by NBC
The PRW Staff on May 21, 2015

Entry Two

Why does the most profitable corporation on the planet need government subsidies and are they not made to clean up their messes?

Fossil fuels subsidised by $10m a minute, says IMF
Shocking’ revelation finds $5.3tn subsidy estimate for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn (£3.4tn) a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund.

The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels. The $5.3tn subsidy estimated for 2015 is greater than the total health spending of all the world’s governments.

More news.

I might have mentioned that HB40 cleared the way for LNG exports.

LNG exports

A resolution to expedite LNG exports is now headed to the governor’s office. They are serious about it.

Exporting LNG means we will get fracked way more and natural gas will be priced on the global market. Say goodbye to cheap gas. Higher prices for natural gas will make renewable energies more attractive but more fracking will threaten our water and air. Once they sign the export contracts, we will be locked into supplying natural gas for 20 to 30 years.

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Letter from a recovering pro-fracking addict. http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/21/letter-from-a-recovering-pro-fracking-addict/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/21/letter-from-a-recovering-pro-fracking-addict/#comments Thu, 21 May 2015 21:13:46 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15097 I received the nicest letter today from a self-described fracking addict. This letter will keep me going for a long time. Some of my very best friends are recovering fracking addicts. Letter from a recovering pro-fracking addict.   May 21, 2015 To: Sharon Wilson, FrackFree Denton, and Earthworks Hello. My name is Hunter Bonner and […]

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I received the nicest letter today from a self-described fracking addict. This letter will keep me going for a long time. Some of my very best friends are recovering fracking addicts.

Letter from a recovering pro-fracking addict.

 

May 21, 2015

To: Sharon Wilson, FrackFree Denton, and Earthworks

Hello. My name is Hunter Bonner and I was a resident of the City of Denton, TX from 2004 – 2014. My name may or may not sound familiar to you, but on many occasions, I have engaged discussions with you all via social media, and specifically Twitter on the subject of gas well fracking.

Many of these discussions would center around not only the subject of gas well fracking, but more recently, the push for a fracking ban in the City of Denton. I took on the position that while I “understood” the dangers that are associated with the natural gas industry, that mineral rights owners still had a “right” to their mineral royalties. Also, I frankly chided not only yourself, but FrackFree Denton folks for pushing for the ban citing that you were “overstepping” your authority on local control and regulation.

Then I did my own research. To put it very bluntly, I was shocked beyond belief. People actually being able to light their tap water faucets on fire, rivers with massive fish kills, and wildlife of all sorts that had died due to the contamination of the water supply due to gas well fracking. But most disturbing was hearing the stories of how people of all ages not only got sick from the water contamination, but that some had actually died due to illnesses brought on by the chemicals that had been injected into the ground.

Probably the biggest thing that struck me to my core was seeing this devastation brought on by these companies, that they would outright lie to people’s faces, lie to lawmakers and pretty much challenged you to prove them wrong whenever they would screw up someone’s life with them contaminating someone’s drinking water. To learn that the very companies that stand to profit from the gas drilling business, conducting their own “studies” that would state their was no danger to the water supply, but at the same time would read off a mile long list of chemicals that I cannot even pronounce and that all were considered toxic. The brazenness of the lying got me highly upset. But really, the person I was most upset with was myself.

To give some background, I am what most people would call a “Conservative” from a political point of view. I believe in G-d, anti-abortion, limited government, free markets, and until recently, support domestic production of our energy resources by any means necessary. On the last one I still support this, but I have come to realize that there has to be a better way than injecting toxic chemicals into the soil and putting the public at a major health risk. I would even go so far as to admit that prior to my research, that deep down I knew that there is something inherently unhealthy about injecting chemicals into the ground where we grow our food and get water from. I did not publicly admit this for fear of being labeled an “environmentalist” or “left wing nut-job.” I now realize, that this was, and is, wrong thinking. Worst of all, I elected the very politicians that have given a free pass to the petroleum and natural gas companies that are doing all of this.

The purpose of this letter is to say that first, I apologize to you, FrackFree Denton, and Earthworks for my ignorant chastisement of your position on gas well fracking. Second, I hope that my story can serve as some sort of example to other Conservatives, that they are not left wing nut-jobs just because they desire clean drinking water. Finally, I want you all to know that the work your organization performs, does in fact make a difference with people like me. People who think they “understand” what gas well fracking is all about, but really have not a clue about it. To say the least, my eyes have definitely been opened!

So what is next for a Conservative like me to do you may ask? The answer is simple: Pressure my elected leaders in Congress to finally be serious about the Frac Act, and not let it die in committee like it has several times in the past. That means, going against the grain of the Republican Party, and really, any party platform that desires to give gas well companies a free pass on contaminating the water. I now understand why the frack ban vote passed so well in Denton along both party lines. A clean water supply is a non-partisan issue. Anyone who disagrees with that either is getting a payoff from the polluters, or is incapable of common sense approach to environmental issues.

If this letter was too long I apologize for that. However, I did want to share my complete thoughts on this matter, and I sincerely believe that all of you deserved this apology and admission of mine.

Thank you for your time.

Regards,
Hunter Bonner
New Ally in the Anti-Frac Fight

P.S. Should you want to publish my letter on your blog, either via Bluedaze, FrackFree Denton, or Earthworks, I give full permission to do so. People need to wake up.

And this is a comment from the Denton Record Chronicle, which you need to read the comment thread to understand that the wing nut comment was in jest.

I didn’t read all the letters condemning Myra Crownover and the Texas Legislature over HB 40. Suffice to say, after conducting some research into the whole fracking thing, I am publicly, and unashamedly declaring that my previous positions on Natural Gas Well Fracking, and support of HB 40, were and are completely wrong.

I am also declaring that you can be a Conservative politically, and do not instantly become a “left wing nut-job” simply because you desire clean drinking water, and you think that gas and oil companies lying to the faces of people, Congress, etc and politicians taking money from said companies in exchange for votes is wrong.

My name is Hunter Bonner, and I am a recovering ProFracking addict. I only request mercy and understanding.

When fracking first started in Texas, I didn’t know anyone who was against it. People learn. We make new friends and discover that we are more alike than different. We are a huge family.

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Methane blasts into the air while crude oil spills on coastline. Thanks fracking. http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/20/methane-blasts-into-the-air-while-crude-oil-spills-on-coastline-thanks-fracking/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/20/methane-blasts-into-the-air-while-crude-oil-spills-on-coastline-thanks-fracking/#comments Wed, 20 May 2015 13:40:41 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15092 Methane blasting into the air while crude oil covers Santa Barbara coastline. This disgusts me. Natural gas is methane. In Karnes County, 15 to 20 homes were evacuated due to what was, at first, thought to be a deadly hydrogen sulfide leak. But as one report put it, “it’s just a natural gas leak.” Watch […]

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Methane blasting into the air while crude oil covers Santa Barbara coastline. This disgusts me.

Natural gas is methane.

In Karnes County, 15 to 20 homes were evacuated due to what was, at first, thought to be a deadly hydrogen sulfide leak. But as one report put it, “it’s just a natural gas leak.Watch this video and see if that looks like a leak. I think it’s called a blowout and they are bringing in a special crew to get control of the well.

Natural gas is methane, which is a powerful greenhouse gas. When considered on a twenty-year time frame, methane is 86 times more powerful than CO2 in warming potential. This methane will remain in our atmosphere for over 100 years warming our planet.

Crude oil spill along Santa Barbara Coastline.

A 24-inch pipeline spilled an estimated 2,000 BARRELS PER MINUTE before it was shut down.

The Coast Guard said an initial estimate of 21,000 gallons spilled may not be accurate.

Source

Better solutions.

There are better solutions to energize our lives. The majority of Americans want renewable energy but our politicians can’t hear us because their ears are stuffed with oily money. The fracking industry owns America.

 

 

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Texas Governor signs HB40 into law, guts community rights http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/18/texas-governor-signs-hb40-into-law-guts-community-rights/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/18/texas-governor-signs-hb40-into-law-guts-community-rights/#comments Mon, 18 May 2015 21:04:29 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15086 Faced with widespread municipal opposition, oil and gas industry backs big government power grab Earthworks | Denton Drilling Awareness Group | Earthjustice | Natural Resources Defense Council May 18, 2015 Austin, TX – Today Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality […]

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Faced with widespread municipal opposition, oil and gas industry backs big government power grab

Earthworks | Denton Drilling Awareness Group | Earthjustice | Natural Resources Defense Council

May 18, 2015

Austin, TX – Today Texas Governor Abbott signed HB 40 into law. Written by former ExxonMobil lawyer Shannon Ratliff, the statute forces every Texas municipality wanting common sense limits on oil and gas development to demonstrate its rules are “commercially reasonable”. It effectively overturns a Denton ballot initiative banning fracking that passed last November.

“HB 40 was written by the oil and gas industry, for the oil and gas industry, to prevent voters from holding the oil and gas industry accountable for its impacts,” said Earthworks’ Texas organizer Sharon Wilson. Wilson, who played a key role in the Denton ballot initiative, continued, “It was the oil and gas industry’s contempt for impacted residents that pushed Denton voters to ban fracking in the first place. And now the oil and gas industry, through state lawmakers, has doubled down by showing every city in Texas that same contempt.”

By a 59-41% vote, including 70% of straight ticket Republican voters, the residents of Denton banned hydraulic fracturing within city limits. The ban was a last resort after more than five years of fruitlessly petitioning oil and gas companies, the city, and the state for help.

“By signing HB40 into law, Governor Abbott just declared that industry profits are more important than our health, our homes and our kids,” said Adam Briggle, President of the Denton Drilling Awareness Group and a leader in the Frack Free Denton effort. He continued, “The letter of Texas law now says no city can ‘effectively prevent an oil and gas operation from occurring’, no matter the threat to families’ health and safety or damage to private property.“

The City of Denton is fighting a lawsuit brought against it by the oil and gas industry over its ordinance. Until HB40, attorneys for the city felt fairly confident their ordinance would stand.  The Denton Drilling Awareness Group and Earthworks have intervened in the case in support of the city. They are represented by Earthjustice, attorneys from the Natural Resources Defense Counsel, and the Texas law firm Brown & Hofmeister, LLP.

“The Texas courts have upheld a long tradition of local control, so the Governor and the Legislature took matters into their own hands.  Now, they have capitulated to the greedy but powerful oil and gas industry at the expense of their own constituents’ health, well-being, and property rights,” said Earthjustice attorney Deborah Goldberg, who is co-counsel  for the citizen groups and successfully defended the town of Dryden, NY, in a similar court case.  “We have been proud to represent the proponents of Denton’s ban, and we know they will regroup and fight back against this legislative over-reach.”

“The people of Denton exercised their democratic right to keep a nasty industrial process out of their community–and now big oil and their friends in high places are steamrolling them, along with everyone else in Texas,” said NRDC attorney Dan Raichel, co-counsel for the citizen’s groups. “The interests of a powerful industry should never take priority over the health and safety of American families. Texans should be able to keep dangerous activities and chemicals away from their homes, schools, and hospitals–just as hundreds of other communities across the country have already done.”


For more information:

Contact:

– See more at: http://www.earthworksaction.org/media/detail/texas_governor_signs_hb40_into_law_guts_community_rights#.VVpKQudD0xk

UPDATE: Hard as it may be to believe, some people on Facebook have expressed surprise that Abbott signed this horrible bill. The oil and gas industry has paid him nearly $10 MILLION dollars to do their bidding. Did you really expect him to be on your side?

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Local Control: Call now if you don’t want a strip club next to your house. http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/17/local-control-call-now-if-you-dont-want-a-strip-club-next-to-your-house/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/17/local-control-call-now-if-you-dont-want-a-strip-club-next-to-your-house/#respond Mon, 18 May 2015 02:44:29 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15081 More stripping away of local control from our cities brought to you by the oil soaked Texas Legislature. HB 2595 – Relating to the use of municipal initiative and referendum to restrict property rights. This is the killing of citizen ballot initiatives which affect “property rights” ie. drilling bans, siting of strip clubs or landfills […]

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More stripping away of local control from our cities brought to you by the oil soaked Texas Legislature.

HB 2595 – Relating to the use of municipal initiative and referendum to restrict property rights.

This is the killing of citizen ballot initiatives which affect “property rights” ie. drilling bans, siting of strip clubs or landfills or you name it.

if the proposed enactment or repeal would restrict the right of any person to use or access the person’s private property that would limit the use of real property for economic gain;

This bill is by Jim Keffer and is sponsored in the Senate by Troy Fraser. The hearing is Tuesday in the Senate Natural Resources Committee. If it passes the committee, it will move quickly to the Senate. It has already passed the House.

Troy Fraser – 512-463-0124
Craig Estes – 512-463-0130
Brian Birdwell – 512-463-0122
Bob Hall – 512-463-0102
Kelly Hancock – 512-463-0109
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa – 512-463-0120
Eddie Lucio, Jr. – 512-463-0127
Robert Nichols – 512-463-0103
Carlos Uresti – 512-463-0119
Kel Seliger – 512-463-0131
Judith Zaffirini – 512-463-0121

This is the same committee that passed HB 40 so you should go ahead and call your senator. Who represents me will tell you who that is if you don’t know.

Also up:

HB 1794 by Geren up for a Senate floor vote tomorrow Monday, May 18.  It is the low TCEQ penalties/limited lawsuit bill.  Call your local Senator (Who represents me) ask them to vote NO.

MONDAY Committee Hearings
Senate Ag, Water & Rural Affairs

Support these GOOD bills.

HB 928 Guillen SP: Hinojosa – Relating to state and local planning for and responses to drought.

HB 3298 Author: Larson | et al. Sponsor: Perry – Relating to a study conducted by the Texas Water Development Board regarding the development of a market and conveyance network for water in this state.

Sen. Charles Perry, 512.463.0128
Sen. Judith Zaffirini 512.463.0121
Sen. Brandon Creighton, 512.463.0104
Sen. Bob Hall, 512.463.0102
Sen. Juan Hinojosa, 512.463.0120
Lois Kolkhorst, 512.463.0118
Sen. Jose Rodriguez, 512.463.0129

House Natural Resources

SB 551        Seliger
Relating to the duty of the Water Conservation Advisory Council to submit a report and recommendations regarding water conservation in this state.

Chair, Jim Keffer 512.463.0656
Vice-Chair, Trent Ashby – 512.463.0508
Dennis Bonnen, 512.463.0729
DeWayne Burns, 512.463.0538
James Frank, 512.463. 0534
Kyle Kacal, 512.463.0412
Tracy King, 512.463.0194
Lyle Larson 512.463.0646
Eddie Lucio III 512.463.0606
Nevarez 512.463.0566
Paul Workman 512.463.0652

TUESDAY Committee Hearings

Senate Natural Resources & Econ Dev.

HB 14 Morrison | et al. SP: Watson – Relating to the Texas emissions reduction plan. We support this GOOD bill for clean air funding which extends the life of this program for additional years.

HB 2595 by Keffer – BAD Bill that affects local citizen initiated referendums. See above
Troy Fraser – 512-463-0124
Craig Estes – 512-463-0130
Brian Birdwell – 512-463-0122
Bob Hall – 512-463-0102
Kelly Hancock – 512-463-0109
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa – 512-463-0120
Eddie Lucio, Jr. – 512-463-0127
Robert Nichols – 512-463-0103
Carlos Uresti – 512-463-0119
Kel Seliger – 512-463-0131
Judith Zaffirini – 512-463-0121

 

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Lightning strikes oil and gas well, AGAIN http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/12/lightning-strikes-oil-and-gas-well-again/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/12/lightning-strikes-oil-and-gas-well-again/#respond Tue, 12 May 2015 13:23:30 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15073 On Mother’s Day in Carrizo Springs, Texas, lightning exploded another oil and gas facility. Lightning Sparks Fire Near Carrizo Springs VIDEO Posted: Sun 10:47 PM, May 10, 2015 I went by this well tonight and took a FLIR video showing the air pollution blowing right toward these new DR Horton homes. I can’t wait for […]

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On Mother’s Day in Carrizo Springs, Texas, lightning exploded another oil and gas facility.

Lightning Sparks Fire Near Carrizo Springs
VIDEO
Posted: Sun 10:47 PM, May 10, 2015

I went by this well tonight and took a FLIR video showing the air pollution blowing right toward these new DR Horton homes. I can’t wait for you to see it. I wonder what will happen if lightning strikes this well. There is little doubt that the new owners were not given a proper disclosure.

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Frackquakes new Texas normal http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/10/frackquakes-new-texas-normal/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/10/frackquakes-new-texas-normal/#comments Sun, 10 May 2015 17:51:52 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15045 Frackquakes new Texas normal. Thank you fracking: frackquakes new Texas normal. What’s undisputable, however, is a new reality for Texans. They need to understand that “some parts of Texas are in earthquake country now,” Mark Peterson, chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project, told the Dallas Morning News. Source Some people (generally those […]

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Frackquakes new Texas normal.

Thank you fracking: frackquakes new Texas normal.

What’s undisputable, however, is a new reality for Texans. They need to understand that “some parts of Texas are in earthquake country now,” Mark Peterson, chief of the USGS National Seismic Hazard Modeling Project, told the Dallas Morning News. Source

Some people (generally those who don’t live near it) love fracking. Everyone hates frackquakes. This fact creates a big problem for industry and their PR flacks.

Industry and Fracking’s Joe Camel, are desperate to keep people and the media from connecting fracking with frackquakes. Their reasoning is similar to this: Guns don’t kill people, bullets do.

EarthquakesFracking

Despite Joe’s efforts, neither the media nor the public is buying that tortured logic. CNN: What’s causing Texas earthquakes? Fracking ‘most likely,’ report says. CNN means you’ve lost.

Even scientists who support fracking because they get money from industry know frackquakes follow fracking and one frackquake leads to more and likely bigger frackquakes.

“I don’t think any of us was surprised by Thursday’s event,” says DeShon [SMU’s Heather DeShon, associate professor of geophysics]. “There have been a series of magnitude 3 and greater earthquakes in the Johnson County area. If you have movement on a fault and change the stresses, you increase the likelihood of additional earthquakes. In other words, one earthquake frequently leads to another.” Source

I don’t believe that one thing always leads to another. Sometimes a kiss is just a kiss. But fracking leads to massive amounts of waste that requires disposal which leads to frackquakes. There are important laws in the natural world.

The First Law of Ecology: Everything Is Connected to Everything Else….The Second Law of Ecology: Everything Must Go Somewhere…. The Third Law of Ecology: Nature Knows Best…. The Fourth Law of Ecology: There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. ~Barry Commoner

Fracking skeptics

Friday the internets were buzzing with photos of Commissioner Ryan Sitton in a hardhat doing well inspections in Mansfield. These inspections were in response to concern about well casing integrity following the M40 frackquake in Venus and near Mansfield.

The Dallas Morning News wrote this on thescoopblog:

Meanwhile the Railroad Commission of Texas is out inspecting gas wells to make sure last night’s quake didn’t damage them.

[…]

Railroad commissioner Ryan Sitton and four crews from the RCT are inspecting wells in the vicinity of last night’s quake. The primary goal is to check for damage. “Everything appears to be in fantastic shape,” Sitton says. “Everything looks perfect.”

We don’t expect thorough reporting on the scoopblog like we do in a regular news story. But, had they inquired about the extent of the inspection program and how long it would take, it might have reduced my email load.

Skeptics filled my inbox with emails bearing subjects like: photo op, media stunt and frakquakes smoke screen.

Excerpt from one such email:

I smell photo op bullshit.They would have to inspect 100’s of wells from the epicenter radius to get to Mansfield’s wells — it would take a week. They probably hit just a few for photos and then went over to shake hands with Lindsay.

No worries #txlege. See how we’re inspecting shit in this pic! “Is it leaking Bob?” Bob taps gauge… Okay, let’s go to Hooters.

M4.0 is a magic number for frackquakes. Even the skeptics agree that frackquakes of this magnitude can cause structural damage. There are about 20,000 wells in North Texas with cement casing that is subject to structural damage. Only last year did the Railroad Commission make a new casing rule that requires a whole, entire 3/4″ of cement to protect our water in the upper part of the well. The lower part is a whole, entire 1/2″.

Unless they check pressure on all the wells this is nothing but a frackquakes smoke screen stunt provided by the  Railroad Commission.

Fracking hopeful skeptics

The hopefuls also sent me email with subjects like: They are shutting down injection wells!!! And injection wells to be shut down!!! They included a link to a news article titled: Disposal well operators near quake to stop operations. Update with another misleading headline.

I hate to be the turd in the fracking hopeful punchbowl but…

  • They are only doing a test and will stop injection temporarily during the test–like 24 hours, maybe. This is a good thing but it’s not a shut down.
  • Fracking produces MASSIVE amounts of waste.–1.2 barrels for every foot drilled according to the API. You do the math. MASSIVE is an understatement.
  • Even if they shut down an injection well permanently, the problem is not solved. As fracking continues and expands, and it will expand dramatically if THIS happens, more waste is produced. That waste exists and it has to go someplace.
  • Sadly, injection is currently the best option for fracking waste.
  • As injection continues the frackquakes will increase in frequency and magnitude.

We’ve been warned to expect bigger frackquakes.

USGS regarding the M4.0 frackquake.

“I’m not at all surprised to read about an event of that magnitude occurring,” said Art McGarr, a USGS seismologist in Menlo Park, Calif. “That area has had quite a few induced earthquakes. There are a lot of wastewater disposal wells near there that have been injecting quite substantial amounts of wastewater from unconventional energy production.” Source

Frackquakes new economic stimulus plan!

Here’s a new product available to Texans to help deal with this sad fact: Frackquakes new Texas Normal.

HURRY!!! Supplies are limited!!!

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Lightning Strikes Denton Gas Well http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/08/lightning-strikes-denton-gas-well/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/08/lightning-strikes-denton-gas-well/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 12:47:27 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15026 Three days after Drew Darby steamrolled HB 40 through the Texas Legislature, leaving cities with little control over oil and gas development, residents in North Texas experienced a lightning strike at one well and a M4.0 earthquake. There were also tornadoes last night so…fracknadoquake or maybe frackquakenado. Lightning Strikes Denton Gas Well Help protect Denton’s […]

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Three days after Drew Darby steamrolled HB 40 through the Texas Legislature, leaving cities with little control over oil and gas development, residents in North Texas experienced a lightning strike at one well and a M4.0 earthquake. There were also tornadoes last night so…fracknadoquake or maybe frackquakenado.

Lightning Strikes Denton Gas Well

Outstanding photos by David Minton

Lightning loves to strike oil and gas facilities. I have lots of blog posts about lightning striking wells.

The strike in Denton last night hit the wellhead at a Vantage Energy well. The Denton Fire Department has been dealing with the fire all night. Vantage said they would not have a crew on site for 7 hours. I guess they needed a good night’s sleep. So, raw gas from the wellhead is being flared and monitored by the fire department. I wonder if Vantage will reimburse the city.

Here is a press briefing filmed by a resident.

While Drew Darby and Myra Crownover were home asleep in their beds, the people in Denton were afraid their homes would burn and the people in Mansfield and Irving worried about frackquakes.

Video from gas well neighbor.

More in post last night. I’m sure the Denton Record Chronicle will have a story up soon. I will update as more information becomes available.

CBS: Denton gas well burns after lightning strike Good video.

NTDaily: Natural gas well explodes in Denton. Great video taken by resident.

This appears to be the location of the Vantage well. It is likely that Vantage purchased this site with the intent to expand the pad and add more wells.

Fracking’s Joe Camel responds:

Building homes this close to gas wells is not smart. People need to be warned of the danger before buying homes close to oil & gas faciliies

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Denton Record Chronicle: Denton gas well fire – Article updated with some great information.

“My husband and I jumped out of bed,” Bagheri said. “I saw flames dancing above the crown of our 40 year-old live oak tree.”

She estimated the wellhead to be about 1300 feet from her house. At that point, her sister had run to her home.

“I stepped outside to the strongest chemical, petroleum and tar smell I have ever smelled in my life,” Bagheri said.

Officials did not order an evacuation but people self-evacuated.

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Don’t frack your mother http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/07/dont-frack-your-mother/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/07/dont-frack-your-mother/#comments Fri, 08 May 2015 02:15:50 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15012 It’s not a good idea to frack your mother. Unpleasant consequences could follow. Yesterday a dear reader reminded me that not everyone is on Twitter and Facebook, which is where I put a lot of the fracking news these days. Here is a compilation of the latest fracking news so those not on Twitter and […]

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It’s not a good idea to frack your mother. Unpleasant consequences could follow.

Yesterday a dear reader reminded me that not everyone is on Twitter and Facebook, which is where I put a lot of the fracking news these days. Here is a compilation of the latest fracking news so those not on Twitter and Facebook will know how we are fracking our mother.

Frackquakes!

Industry, their PR guys and the SMU scientists HATE it when we use the term frackquake. I can remember how they HATEd when we used the term fracking. But we were persistent, we put a k in fracking and it stuck. Now they, too, say fracking and they even spell it with a k.

Industry and their PR guys say it’s not fracking but the disposal of the waste from fracking that causes the earthquakes. Gun nuts say it’s not the guns that kill people, it’s the bullets. Ahm, frackquakes!

This evening there was a M4.0 frackquake in Venus and Mansfield. Event Page . That follows the SMU seicntist’s statement Monday at the frackquake hearing that frackquakes in this area are trending up in magnitude.

It’s a 4-hour hearing but well worth the time, especially to see how Phil King is disrespectful toward his constituents. But they keep reelecting him so I guess they like it.

M4.0 is the magic number at which even the naysayers admit that structural damage can occur.

Don’t eat fish with tumors.

A smallmouth bass was caught in the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania that had a huge cancerous tumor on its mouth. See a video on CNN.

What else has been in the Susquehanna River?

From the Department of DUH:

…people should avoid eating “fish that have visible signs of sores and lesions.” CNN

Never trust frackers.

Denmark learned this the hard way and the frackers may not get to resume fracking there.

Denmark has suspended the first exploratory drilling for shale gas which lasted only one day after it discovered that French gas-giant Total, in charge of the project, had used “unauthorized” chemicals. RT

The United States can’t seem to figure it out.

At least 33 companies drilled 351 wells in 12 states using prohibited diesel fuels without required permits in violation of the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.

Our bi-monthly oil train explosion & other explosions.

The six tank cars that exploded into flames were a model slated to be phased out or retrofitted by 2020 under a federal rule announced last week.

It’s the fifth fiery accident since February involving that type of tank car, and industry critics responded to the latest with calls for them to be taken off the tracks immediately to prevent further fires. ABC News

Oil & gas well tanks explode from lightning too. 

A Denton gas wells exploded tonight when struck with lightning. Photo from resident that was uploaded to DFW Scanner. From the location, it could be one of Range Resources’ wells at/near the airport. I have lots of blog posts about lightning striking wells.

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Updates on the lightning strike HERE.

Fracking our food.

21 million gallons of oil field wastewater is sold DAILY to farmers to irrigate food crops in Kern County California.

Until now, government authorities have only required limited testing of recycled irrigation water, checking for naturally occurring toxins such as salts and arsenic, using decades-old monitoring standards. They haven’t screened for the range of chemicals used in modern oil production. LA Times

I took a FLIR video of wastewater pits when I was in Kern County. I had to wear a respirator. This is what they are putting on our food.

Don’t frack your mother.

Dear President Obama:

Sharon Wilson – Ft. Worth, Texas from Oceans 8 Films on Vimeo.

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Will Range Resources sue Steve Lipsky? http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/04/will-range-resources-sue-steve-lipsky/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/04/will-range-resources-sue-steve-lipsky/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 19:58:21 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=15004 I’ve been watching all the hoopla over the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling in the Range Resources SLAPP suite against the Lipskys and Alisa Rich. I used to be the first to weigh in on this case. Now I’m often the last but I have fun watching everyone else. Will Range Resources sue Steve Lipsky? A […]

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I’ve been watching all the hoopla over the Texas Supreme Court’s ruling in the Range Resources SLAPP suite against the Lipskys and Alisa Rich. I used to be the first to weigh in on this case. Now I’m often the last but I have fun watching everyone else.

Will Range Resources sue Steve Lipsky?

A better question is: Should Range Resources sue Steve Lipsky?

Oh please say yes!  You see, Dear Readers, Range has shot themselves in the foot. If they sue Steve Lipsky, it opens up discovery for both sides.

Joe Sibley of Camara & Sibley LLP, representing the Lipskys, said the court’s decision was unsurprising, and that he looks forward to discovery in the underlying suit, which alleged a Range fracking operation polluted a private water supply with methane gas.

“All the facts are going to come out, and we think it will show the world, not just what Range did to us, but the impact of fracking on communities all around the United States,” Sibley told Law360. Source

So Shakespearean!

Range’s strategy has been full-on revenge and now they have a big old bullet hole in their foot and the blood loss is tremendous.

Enjoy this short video

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Frackquakes visit North Texas and Austin http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/03/frackquakes-visit-north-texas-and-austin/ http://www.texassharon.com/2015/05/03/frackquakes-visit-north-texas-and-austin/#respond Sun, 03 May 2015 23:45:40 +0000 http://www.texassharon.com/?p=14987 Frackquakes visited North Texas this morning with a M3.1 in Irving and frackquakes are on the Energy Resources Committee agenda in Austin tomorrow morning. Update: Another one! M2.5. Event page. AND another one! M2.7. Event Page. Another! M2.0 Event Page. I may have missed a couple because during testimony at the Lege today the Irving […]

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Frackquakes visited North Texas this morning with a M3.1 in Irving and frackquakes are on the Energy Resources Committee agenda in Austin tomorrow morning.

Update: Another one! M2.5. Event page.

AND another one! M2.7. Event Page.

Another! M2.0 Event Page. I may have missed a couple because during testimony at the Lege today the Irving Mayor said there were 3 yesterday. So that make 5 so far and today is not over.

You can see the readings from a few earthquake monitors HERE. Scroll down to UD Dallas. Each day you will need to refresh to see what is new.

Earthquakes are serious business. The death toll in Nepal has risen to more than 7,000. No one knows the maximum magnitude of induced frackquakes.

Too many Frackquakes in Irving

Today’s M3.1 Irving frackquake epicenter was on the Las Colinas Country Club Golf Course and happened during the Women’s PGA Golf Tournament. An Irving resident spoke with an NBC news man who said they thought someone was banging on their news trailer. Another Irving resident watching The Golf Channel said it was a topic of conversation on that channel.

Conversations in Irving Nextdoor Neighbor chat rooms are growing more hostile toward the oil and gas industry, the Railroad Commission of Texas and state government. You can only ignore and bully people for so long before they strike back.

Friday I had a very fun lunch with an Irving resident who has some substantial cracking in her still new home. A home is a person’s private property and Texas is supposed to respect private property rights. A home is normally the biggest investment a person makes. This private property should carry as much weight as mineral owners who often are absentee owners profiting from mineral wealth while they live out of the extraction zone. They receive 100% of the profits and 0% of the impacts.

Also on Friday I had a long conversation with an Azle resident who’s home is breaking apart. She only owns the surface.

Meanwhile in Austin

Shortly after Representative Drew Darby ignored all protests from Texas citizens and their city leaders and refused all amendments to HB 40 before it passed the House with the shameful help from 30 Democrats, SMU announced that the frackquakes in Azle and Reno were caused by fracking waste disposal and extraction of fluids from fracked wells. Egg, meet Face.

Darby quickly called for a hearing on land shifting and seismic activity but we the people don’t get to weigh in at this hearing because it’s invited testimony.

The Committee will meet to hear invited testimony on land shifting and seismic activity.

Unless you live in Austin like the oil and gas lobbyists you probably couldn’t make the hearing anyway because it starts at 8:00 am. Isn’t that convenient?

But after the hearing the committee will take public comments on the bills that are on the agenda. If you’re like most people who work for a living and can’t drop everything to rush to Austin, you need to call the committee members (contact information below) and let them know how you feel about these bills.

A partial list of the bills listed on the agenda:

HB 2932 – Relating to a study and report by the Bureau of Economic Geology on land shifting. – Bill Text.

Studying land shifting is a good idea given the fact that we have a lot of that happening in the form of sinkholes and frackquakes.

HB 2191 – Relating to the posting by the Railroad Commission of Texas on its Internet website of certain enforcement information. – Bill Text.

This is about forcing the RRC to be transparent and give taxpayers the information they need and deserve.

HB 3198 – Relating to permitting for injection wells in certain oil and gas producing counties. Bill Text

This is a strange bill. How did he arrive at the 315 number?  After listening to the layout of the bill: This seems like a good and necessary bill that will help areas like Karnes County where they have an excess of disposal wells. Several disposal wells in Karnes have exploded and burned, especially during lightning storms. There are also major traffic incidents due to increased truck traffic. First responder in Karnes wants some control in placement because these facilities should not be near residences. DUH!

HB 3480 – Relating to air quality permits issued by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for certain oil and gas facilities. Bill Text

Hell yes! Clean up our air

HB 4044 – Relating to the imposition of a fee on a holder of a permit for an oil and gas waste disposal well. Bill Text

This bill is so full of loopholes I can’t imagine it would ever amount to a hill of beans.

Rep. Rafael Anchia rafael.anchia@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0746
Rep. Terry Canales terry.canales@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0426
Rep. Tom Craddick tom.craddick@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0500
Rep. Tony Dale tony.dale@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0696
Rep. Drew Darby drew.darby@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0331
Rep. Jim Keffer jim.keffer@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0656
Rep. Phil King phil.king@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0738
Rep. Morgan Meyer morgan.meyer@house.state.tx.us 214-745-5768
Rep. Christopher Paddie christopher.paddie@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0516
Rep. Debbie Riddle debbie.riddle@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0572
Rep. Gene Wu gene.wu@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0492
Rep. Brooks Landgraf brooks.landgraf@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0546
Rep. Abel Herrero abel.herrero@house.state.tx.us 512-463-0462

 

 

 

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