SOS sent from Karnes County in the Eagle Ford Shale

July 3, 2014

This are photos of a flare from Marathon Oil Company’s East Sugarloaf facility in Karnes County taken by a resident. East Sugarloaf started today at 2:30 with this awful pollution and I have picture documentation.  I also called TCEQ but got a recording but entered it in prior to the recording time ending.  Wind direction […]

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Paid AstroTurf group circulating petition to support fracking in Denton

July 3, 2014

AstroTurf – refers to apparently grassroots-based citizen groups or coalitions that are primarily conceived, created and/or funded by corporations, industry trade associations, political interests or public relations firms. The Rumor Someone in the Denton DAG group received a “strange anonymous phone call” from a person claiming to support us/FrackFreeDenton. This person said a man named […]

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Photo: Pioneer Natural Resources dirty flares in Eagle Ford Shale

June 28, 2014

This is such a common sight in the Eagle Ford Shale that people are almost immune it. These dirty flares were seen on CR 119 just north of Yorktown. And here is the sign that shows they are Pioneer flares. Nice cornfield but I’ll pass on eating any.

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Residents near fracking poisoned in their sleep

June 26, 2014

New research from the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project (SWPA-EHP) used an aggressive indoor air monitoring program to show that particulate matter spikes at night while residents are sleeping inside homes near fracking-enabled drilling. This is not news to anyone who lives near fracking sites. They know the air emissions always and conveniently get much worse […]

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New research shows more methane leaking than previously thought

June 26, 2014

This article, Research raises new concerns about climate impact of natural gas, by Gayathri Vaidyanathan for E&E News,  requires a subscription but I don’t want you to miss the information so I’ll summarize. Update: Link to full article in Scientific American. Natural gas fields globally may be leaking enough methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to […]

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New evidence: fracking health impacts are worse than we thought

June 24, 2014

There are some important new studies about how fracking-enabled drilling harms health. Information is coming so fast it’s hard to keep up with it all. Air pollution ‘can cause changes in the brain seen in autism and schizophrenia’ Male brains are more strongly affected by pollution than female brains Pollution exposure could cause memory and […]

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Some issues with AP’s article about the Denton fracking ban

June 21, 2014

There are so many issues with AP’s recent article about the Denton fracking ban that I feel compelled to set things straight. Money for nothing. These two opening paragraphs certainly do sound sensational and make it seem like fracking has been a huge windfall to Denton, but that’s not the reality. DENTON, Texas (AP) — […]

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Flare pictures from Karnes County

June 20, 2014

In the meantime, things are only getting worse  for the people in Karnes County. This is a flare at Marathon’s Sugarloaf Facility taken by a resident on 5-29-14. I have more pictures from this facility and some FLIR video. A flare on FM 1144 taken by same resident on 5-19-14.

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A fracking ban is the only way to save Denton

June 20, 2014

Newly discovered information about the way drilling was permitted in Denton illustrates why a stronger ordinance will not save Denton from fracking disaster. For years, Denton residents have taken a moderate approach to fracking, trying to find any reasonable way to coexist with the fracking industry. But time after time the city has shown us […]

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Mansfield Mayor Pro Tem conflicted on fracking

June 15, 2014

We already know that Stephen Lindsey, Mansfield’s mayor pro tem, works for Quicksilver Resources. I’ve blogged about that before. In a recent council meeting, he admits it during a discussion about electric motors versus diesel or natural gas operated motors. 11:04 “I think everyone knows here that I’m in the natural gas industry—full disclosure. My […]

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Chris Faulkner wants Denton residents to fall on their swords for fracking

May 31, 2014

Chris Faulkner, CEO of Breitling Energy does not live near fracking but he thinks you should. In a couple of his most recent podcasts on KRLD radio, Faulkner derides Denton, Texas residents for wanting to keep fracking out of their backyards. Faulkner, who does not live near fracking, makes his living fracking in other people’s […]

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