Last month, the Texas Municipal League (TML) held a webinar on HB 40 and what it means to cities. Below is the text about the seminar edited with italics and strike-though by me to reflect reality and not the TML spin: During the 2015 legislative … [Read more...]
What is the true intent of HB40?
What is the true intent of HB40? Dear, Dear Readers, Please pay attention because there will be a test at the end over the true intent of HB40. Industry spent $21.3 million to buy Texas politicians during the 2014 election. … [Read more...]
Hoist frackers on their own petard with HB40 safe harbor.
Texan communities statewide are planning how to restore local democratic control over fracking. They have to because the oil and gas industry, aided and abetted by the state legislature and Governor Abbott with the passage of HB40, stripped … [Read more...]
LIST: Potential coalition partners to restore local control.
With HB40, the oil and gas industry, through the Texas Legislature, used a big government power grab to strip local control of drilling activities from Texas cities. This is a list of cities known to have drilling ordinances. But there could be … [Read more...]
Texas Governor signs HB40 into law, guts community rights
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 … [Read more...]
HB 40 strips disposal well control from cities.
We have known since 1960 that injection can cause earthquakes. Fracking creates massive amounts of waste that requires injection into disposal wells permitted by the state. HB 40 strips disposal well control from cities and overturns bans. Even … [Read more...]
Dear Representative Phil King
Representative Phil King wrote a letter to the FW Weekly in response to their article "Home Rule Under Fire." I'm pretty sure he was talking about me in his letter. Among all the misrepresentations about fracking he made some about me. Phil King … [Read more...]
Fracking Nanny State Bill Passes Texas House
Proving that everything IS bigger in Texas, even the government, the Fracking Nanny State Bill, HB 40, has passed the House in a crushing and shameful vote of 122 Yeas, 18 Nays. Earthworks Statement: Today’s passage of CSHB40 makes clear that, … [Read more...]
TCEQ REFUSED TO RESPOND WHILE THIS AIR POLLUTION TRAVELED 20 MILES
Oil and gas has taken over Texas and no one is coming to help. The amount of air pollution boiling out scared me! Marathon's Sugarhorn facility is a chronic offender so I knew I would see emissions. I always see emissions at the Sugarhorn. But I … [Read more...]
UPDATE: Texas Railroad Commission to rename Arlington gas well blowout well
Boots & Coots, a Halliburton well control services company, has been working through the night to get control of an Arlington gas well blowout in a neighborhood. So far, attempts to get control have been unsuccessful. This is the first blowout in … [Read more...]
BREAKING: Texas Legislature tells inconvenient truth about HB 40
The Texas Legislature tells inconvenient truth! An alert about H.B. 40 came in my inbox yesterday. It told an inconvenient truth about the bill authored by the oil & gas industry and filed by Rep. Drew … [Read more...]