Chris Faulkner of Breitling Energy: Who are you?

December 27, 2014

And suddenly there was Chris Faulkner. He just appeared oozed like an oily fog without the little cat feet onto the fracking scene. Who is he and where did he come from were questions asked. Real oil men don’t just materialize, they are bred and raised or, at least, groomed. The Internet host entrepreneur: I […]

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Dear Irving Texas: About those earthquakes

December 25, 2014

My blog didn’t recognize me this morning. That’s how infrequently I blog these days. I still have a lot to say just not so much time to get it said. Today, being Christmas and seeing as how my family keeps things low stress, I have some time. But then I started stressing about the backlog […]

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Fracking Impacts Downplayed at Texas Oil and Gas Policy Briefing

December 12, 2014

On Wednesday, the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus held a policy briefing in Austin. The invitation was to “Stakeholders.” Speakers will discuss Texas geology, the economic success of the state, and innovations in the oil and gas industry. We also will hear from local stakeholders and regulatory agencies about issues that may impact legislation. Since […]

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Today in irony from the Railroad Commission of Texas

December 9, 2014

Brace yourself. This irony will burn. On the same day it was revealed that Texas Railroad Commission inspectors who try to enforce the rules get fired, Christi Craddick issued a press release declaring the commission will “explore” the need to focus on urban inspections. That kind of entertainment can only be found in Texas. And […]

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EPA: Protect our air from fracking pollution!

December 8, 2014

Protect your health by Holding Your Breath? No! Tell EPA to protect clean air from fracking pollution! Photo taken by Julie Dermansky The EPA is deciding whether to require to the oil and gas industry to clean up its air pollution including methane and along with it carcinogens like benzene. To us, the answer is […]

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M3.4 frackquake in North Texas near Mansfield

November 30, 2014

Saturday, a few minutes before midnight, there was a M3.4 earthquake in North Texas near Mansfield, in the fracking zone. From the Event Page, we see that it was a shallow quake withing the frackquake zone.  depth=2.8km (1.7mi) 32.493°N 97.118°W 6km (4mi) NNW of Venus, Texas 8km (5mi) SSE of Mansfield, Texas 11km (7mi) W […]

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Several days worth of devastating fracking news

November 25, 2014

I need to recap the recent bad news for fracking because it’s coming fast and furious and I will need to find it later. First, listen to my favorite fracking song. The Trade by Anne Hills. +++ Why the Scientific Case Against Fracking Keeps Getting Stronger Anthony Ingraffea argues that fugitive methane emissions turn natural […]

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Some comments about the M3.3 earthquake in Irving

November 23, 2014

I no longer report every frackquake that happens in this area. Who can keep up with them all? And unlike in the beginning when anyone suggesting a link to fracking and earthquakes was shouted down, now days it’s an accepted fact. But the M3.3 quake in Irving last night and a few responses on Twitter […]

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Texas: Our Democracy at Risk

November 19, 2014

Texas legislature: put your money where your mouth is Tell Phil King that if he tries to overturn the Denton fracking ban, he IS big government Texas Representative Phil King was elected promising to fight big government and protect local control. “We should always trust people over big government. Local control and limited government must […]

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More hazardous gases detected at fracking facility in Denton.

November 18, 2014

On October 18, 2014, Cathy McMullen and I took air samples at the EnerVest drill site on Masch Branch and Hampton in Denton, Texas. Wind direction was ENE at 4.5 mph. The downwind sample detected 18 toxic and hazardous gases and methane. Benzene was detected over the TCEQ’s Air Comparison Monitoring Value for long-term exposure. […]

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Frack Free Denton: Moving forward to the next phase

November 16, 2014

We won! In a landslide vote, a solidly Republican city that tried for years to find a way to live with fracking voted to ban it because they have learned that fracking is not compatible with a healthy city. And it’s common sense that healthy neighborhoods and a healthy city make a healthy economy. Now […]

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