Flash water fire burns four people

August 6, 2014

It was a flash fire of water that came suddenly gushing from a water well and sent four people to the hospital one of whom is a 4-year-old. Flash fire burns four people; methane contamination in water source possible cause Mineral Wells Index, August 5, 2014 By TODD GLASSCOCK The fire’s cause was not known, […]

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Why Denton fracking ban is not a taking and not illegal

August 4, 2014

Despite the really crazy rhetoric coming from industry, based on established Texas law and federal law, the Denton fracking ban is not illegal and is not a taking. Earthworks commissioned a legal opinion from Jordan Yeager the attorney who successfully defended Pennsylvania’s cities’ right to regulate fracking. You can read that legal opinion below. My […]

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Updated: The fracking industry accuses Denton residents of consorting with Russia while they consort with Russia

July 20, 2014

The fracking industry and their supporters have accused the Frack Free Denton grassroots organization that is seeking a ban on fracking in the Denton city limits of receiving money from Russia. …Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman sent the Denton City Council a letter denouncing the ban. In the four-page letter, Smitherman suggests that Russia […]

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As fracking moves in Alpine may be first in Texas to ban

July 17, 2014

Residents in the Big Bend area are sending out an SOS. Fracking has been slithering ever closer to the Big Bend area and residents in Alpine and Marfa are not happy about it. Last week I received emails from a Marfa resident saying they were staging blockades to prevent the city from selling water for […]

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Denton Council to residents: We broke it. You fix it.

July 16, 2014

I don’t know how many reporters I spoke with yesterday before the Denton City Council voted to either adopt the citizen initiative to ban fracking in the city or rejected it but I told each one the same thing: The Denton Council has never shown any political courage on this issue. Why would we think […]

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Denton resident who owns minerals supports fracking ban

July 14, 2014

I received this beautifully written essay from a mineral owner who is a Denton resident. If someone offered to give you $10, but in exchange, you would have to agree to put a child at increased risk for leukemia, would you do it? What if the dollar amount were larger, such as $100? Or $1,000? […]

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Caught on video: Petition circulators deceive Denton residents

July 13, 2014

The fracking industry is waging a “shock and awe” attack on residents of Denton, Texas. After a decade of being bullied by an industry that refuses to follow any rules, residents are saying, “We’ve had enough” and seek to ban fracking in the city limits. The ban initiative goes before the city council on Tuesday […]

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Oilfield worker critical after abandoned well explodes in Robertson County

July 10, 2014

Robinson Robertson County aka Booger County. From KTBX Bryan/College Station. The injured young man is 25-years-old and has burns on his head and neck. An updated report says he is in critical condition. I’m betting we never find out what happened and I’m also betting that well was leaking. An oil field worker was airlifted […]

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Stuck on Stupid: Fracking industry’s “new” public relations strategy

July 10, 2014

The American Petroleum Institute has new guidelines for how to be better neighbors and corporate citizens. In issuing the “community engagement guidelines,” API seems to be tacitly acknowledging that oil and gas companies were slow to respond to mounting grassroots concerns about hydraulic fracturing and sending a message that the industry needs to do more […]

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UPDATED: SCAM ALERT: Texas mineral owners receive letter from Texas Royalty Council

July 8, 2014

I had to update this because the lies are getting bigger and BIGGER. See below. The Texas Royalty Council sent a misleading letter to royalty owners urging them to oppose the Denton fracking ban. The letter is titled Mineral Owner WARNING and it states that mineral owner income is at risk. A mineral owner in […]

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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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