Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
I sent an earlier version of this email out into cyberspace in
February, 2009. I have updated it and offer it again because it
still conveys my opinion of what is happening in the Barnett Shale.
Although I primarily speak of what is happening in Fort Worth, I now
think of all the Barnett Shale when I think of these problems. Please
read it with that in mind.
Most of us live in or near Tarrant County, and have heard about the
Barnett Shale. Many of us have been approached by landmen attempting
to persuade us to sign a mineral lease, and many of us have done so
after considering what the landmen have said to us and what our City
Council and Mayor have been saying and doing regarding gas drilling.
I have not signed, because I knew more about the implications of
doing so than most people as a result of my training and experience.
Landmen, the PR divisions of the gas drilling industry, and the City
Council and Mayor were very careful not to speak of any implications
except those that would appeal to the all too human desire for money.
When confronted with the facts that they were not telling potential
lease signers they vigorously denied these facts and attacked the
messengers, playing the victim. Since most of the time con men are
not defended by governmental officials, the fact that ours were
siding with the drillers was taken into account by citizens who were
being offered leases to sign. Surely the government wouldn't permit
con men to go door to door in the city peddling their wares, would
they? And so, with slick paper magazines being spread all around town
singing the praises of the drilling industry with the refrain,
"Together we all win!", and with Tommy Lee Jones telling us to get on
board, and city buses plastered with praises for the blessings of the
Barnett Shale, and with signing bonuses as high as $28,000 per acre,
many people were convinced to sign.
The City Council has done their part in selling citizens as well.
They've adopted a drilling ordinance with the expert assistance of
the drillers. It says what the industry would accede to without a
lawsuit. As time passed the detrimental aspects of the industry
dribbled slowly into the open, and as each has generated public
concern, the Council has managed the effort to keep citizens from
rebelling by holding meetings where "experts" were given the podium
to create doubt and display confidence in the ability of the industry
and government to prevent the results that have happened elsewhere
through regulation and maintenance.
First there was concern about set-back from homes schools and
churches, and other places where people congregate. Next there was
concern about pollution, traffic, and noise. Then people began to
realize that industry envisioned about 7 drilling pads per MAPSCO
page in the city. Then it was realized that each drilling pad had to
be served by a gas gathering line to carry the produced raw gas away
to processing plants and thence to a compressor station where it
would be compressed to over 1000 psi and injected into transmission
lines and sent to market on the east coast. Then it was revealed that
the drillers had eminent domain rights as regards where the gathering
lines can be placed and intended to use that power to install these
pipelines underneath people's yards near their homes. Then people
began to worry about the cases of pipe rupture, fire, explosions,
unodorized gas escaping from gathering lines that abound on the
internet, and they began to think about safety. Then revelations of
carcinogens and neurotoxins spewing from compressors and drilling
pads in DISH and in Fort Worth were reported by a testing lab.
Each one of these issues was met as it came to public view with
attempts to discredit the concerns and with offers of additional
regulation or simply with the statement that the city can't deprive
people of their right to develop their minerals. None of these issues
was apparently foretold by the city government through due diligence
before permitting the industry to go door to door with lease offers,
and each issue was dealt with only when citizens discovered its
importance. This has been the history of the development to the present.
There is still time to alter the eventual future of the city, but it
will require much more citizen pressure. We are dealing with a
predatory industry that sees their activities as a God-given right
and a government that has sold their people down the river.
Everywhere this industry has operated the results are the same.
Whether it be South Texas on the ranch land, in the Rocky Mountains,
or California, there is now the devastation of pollution and the high
incidence of cancer caused by the carcinogens the industry discards
into the ground, the water, and the air.
Take a look at the videos at the following link. DISH Texas is
between Fort Worth and Denton. The problems you see in these videos
are the same problems you see in the blog and videos at
http://rancholoslosmalulos.blogspot.com/ concerning South Texas. They
are the same problems chronicled in the book, "Parts per Million",
about Beverly Hills, CA and on the pages of the OGAP website
regarding the Rocky Mountains, in the presentations of speakers at
the Pipeline Safety Trust annual conference in New Orleans last
November, and when you Google "Natural gas pipeline compressor
disaster" or similar searches. They are real problems that happen
everywhere this industry operates. They will happen in Fort Worth
unless we, the people, make some changes that the city government and
the industry are refusing to make.
Bluedaze blog: <
Please review this information and let me know if you are willing to
help save this city and your home.
How can something so simple be so hard for an industry to understand? Are they not human? We know they don't have a heart but don't they too need water and air?
Nothing could be further from the truth. If ever there was a time for an honest reassessment of government policy on energy production, it's now. And what that reassessment would conclude is that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should regulate natural gas drilling otherwise we run the considerable risk to public health and safety from contaminated drinking water and dangerous airborne emissions, including toxic chemicals like benzene.
Monday, December 28, 2009
And as for our water (see Well Hell)...she says it, well.
It's easier to make the claim that no groundwater has been contaminated if you never test the groundwater for contamination.
Durango has the scoop as usual.
And as usual, he makes us laugh. Even when the subject ain't funny.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
If you are able, please support this great cause out in the Midcities.
I know there's a lot of media hype these days concerning the financial struggles in America but a dedicated group of volunteers in Richland Hills are working overtime to help area children overcome at least one of these struggles.
In keeping with the "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Respect" mission of the Keep Richland Hills Beautiful Committee a Prom Dress Giveaway was developed in 2009 for girls with the Birdville School District who wanted to attend their prom but were struggling to afford that perfect dress. For the 2009-2010 school year this team of dedicated volunteers will again offer the young women whom attend one of the Birdville ISD high schools the opportunity to attend a "FREE" shopping day on Saturday, April 24, 2010. Students will be given the opportunity to choose from hundreds of appropriate dresses at absolutely no cost to them or their families.
This program is still accepting donations of gently used formal dresses and accessories suitable for teenage girls until April 17, 2010. All sizes, especially plus sizes, are needed.
If you have any questions, have donations or want to volunteer or simply want to thank these dedicated citizens for their hard work please contact Janie Wood at 817-284-7811 or 817-412-0727, Judy Allen at 817-299-1830 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, Cherry Farrar by e-mail at email@example.com.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Before we all take a break for holiday and family related activities in the coming days, I want to simply clarify the challenges before us as a community relative to the Carter Ave. pipeline struggle (and war, for certain folks).
If my interpretation of the Representative's message is correct, CHK (through their front pipeline/utility company TMGS--created simply to possess eminent domain power) never had any intention of ever abandoning their plans (with close cooperation from OUR City) to shove these massive pipelines under and near where "we the people" live and sleep.
A close examination of the facts and recent actions would even indicate that this giant corporation was "playing" the respected elected officials and was continuing to add more insults to injuries on the people living on and near Carter Ave. What a clever (and sociopathic) scheme: use the genuine concerns and political clout of the people's representatives as a part of the "discussions/negotiations" with TxDOT to serve as a ploy to deceive the public as they essentially work to acquire more routes (and easements) for more pipelines while planning the whole time to begin their original pipeline/s down Carter Ave.--pending the coup de grace at my hearing last Friday morning, of course. That's what some would call a "two-fer" or even a bait-and-poach...not just a simple bait-and-switch.
Naturally, the questions that arise are: who knew what/when and who did (or refused to do) what/when to support this cruel and unacceptible conduct (not to me and the elementary school kids on my street who have a clear grasp of right and wrong and fairplay, anyway).
Speaking of kids, my 7 y.o. daughter Lizzy could not accompany me to court Friday because of school but she did ask me how things went and said passionately " I wish I can just smash those pipelines so you can spend more time with me and mommy!!" Later that night as we drove by the gleaming Fort Chesapeake overlooking the Trinity and all of downtown, she noticed that many lights were still on in various offices and asked matter-of-factly "You think they're staying late talking about how to try and beat you next time, daddy?"
After hearing me proclaim ignorance, she shook her clenched fists at Ft. CHK and spitted out "I betcha they're saying 'we're gonna get that Steve Doeung somehow'!!" She stuck her tongue out at them and returned to working on losing her first front tooth and counting down the number of days until Santa comes.
I'm so thankfull for a child's resiliency and innocence. Unfortunately, certain Grinches are also resilient, but not so innocent--as they target our humble little home in their plans for upcoming assaults to rob us of our rights, our property, our dignity, and our sense of security.
At least we (and Santa!) can spend one more Christmas without worrying--too much--about the massive pipeline/s under our front yard.
May you and your family and neighbors never even have to think about, or have this kind of discussions with your children, such disturbing thoughts during this and future seasons of Hope and Peace. Merry Christ-mas, happy holidays, and have a wonderfull 2010!!!
God's blessings on you and yours,
Y. Steve Doeung and 7 year-old Elizabeth (momma's too tired from working two jobs)-- still defiantly and desperately defending our modern-day Alamo on Sycamore Heights
Sunday, December 20, 2009
This letter begins by claiming that the 3 RRC members are representatives of the 24 million plus constituents of the Lone Star State. This is a gross misrepresentation of fact. They are representatives of industry.
This letter attempts to influence federal legislation at our expense and claims to represent us. I recommend letters to the RRC objecting to this.
See the letter here.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
If ever there was a man who deserves legal council, that man is Carter Avenue resident, Steve Doeung. He's done pretty damn good on his own for the past year and a half, but a relentless Chesapeake legal team is closing in for the kill. While his neighbors caved in or sold out for various reasons, Steve is still standing on principle.
Thank you for your thoughtful observations of what we witnessed Friday at Tarrant County Court as Steve Doeung's case passed another hurdle. I would add three main thoughts & comments::
1. Steve is a smart, humble, principled individual who is willing to fight for the rights for which his immigrant parents risked their lives in coming to America. I was struck by the enormous amount of work he's had to put into this effort to simply defend his homestead, (a fight neither he nor other Carter Avenue residents ever wanted) and how grateful I am that he is willing to do whatever it takes. Having to stay on top of the paperwork and procedures is no easy task, and he's done an admirable job.
2. Having personally had paralegal training, I know that a case can often be won or lost by the failure of either party to complete the simplest of procedural requirements in a timely manner and by certain deadlines. Steve was able to call the court's attention to the fact that Chesapeake's attorneys had failed to perform one of these simple procedures, then tried to gloss over that fact. When the judge questioned them on it, the attorneys had to admit their error. It was a beautiful, victorious moment! However, one cannot bank on that kind of fortunate occurance; IT'S IMPERATIVE THAT STEVE HAVE GOOD LEGAL COUNSEL.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Dear Friends and Neighbors--> >
3. The was a pretty spiritted debate between me, the judge, and their lawyers about the validity of their actions as well as over the truthfulness of their representations. Their view of the truth and the Court's interpretation of truthfulness were the most disturbing part of the whole thing:
4. Court refused my plea to have legal counsel appointed to help me sort through all the legal issues related to the case, but he admitted that there is no law that would prohibit him from doing so, just lack of funds--to which I suggested that CHK put a sum in a trust fund so that I can hire an attorney and "make a sport out of this".
Y. Steve Doeung
Thursday, December 17, 2009
This just keeps getting better. Gas drilling, the Fort Worth Way.
Get up - go to court in the morning!!!
THIS FRIDAY - 12/18/09 8:30 a.m.
County Court at Law #3
100 E Weatherford Fort Worth, TX
Judge Vince Sprinkle
The media and the public need to ask many questions.
One extra item of interest (and Don Young can verify this): Suzette Watkins, owner of the Riverside Kennel, owns two acres of land between Scott Ave. and I-30, right next to the Thomas well site. She was taken to court this morning by CHK/TMGS for refusing to let them do a survey on her land, partly because they would not give her straight answers about their exact purpose for such an intrusion.
It appears that her land would be located along the so-called alternative or northern route for the Thomas to Hickman gathering pipeline/s. This legal action made mention of the construction of this very same pipeline project and thus draws into question further why CHK/TMGS is still insisting on taking my land (fraudulently at that, which is why they have not been able to get it for over a year now).
Thank you for your interest and efforts, Ms. Stein. Sorry I didn't respond sooner--I had to make sure it was okay with Suzette to share the information.
From: D Stein
To: Steve Doeung
Cc: Greg Hughes
Sent: Thu, December 17, 2009 4:16:19 PM
I know it's late, but may I send this to my press list?
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 17, 2009
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF THE PIPELINE PROPOSED FOR CARTER AVENUE?
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - Steve Doeung has a court appearance tomorrow regarding a request by Chesapeake/ Texas Midstream Gas Services for an easement to lay a pipeline through his front yard on Carter Avenue. There have been many public declarations that the pipeline will be moved north to I30. However, after hearing “we’re still working on it,” from city staff members, Mr. Doeung and others aren’t so sure about that. And Chesapeake/TMGS seems to still be interested in Mr. Doeung’s property.
Mr. Doeung has contacted Senator Davis and Representative Burnam asking for clarification from them regarding the positioning of the pipeline (see below). Both Davis and Burnam were instrumental in convening talks between Chesapeake and TXDOT for the purpose of finding a route for the pipeline that would not run through homeowners’ yards on Carter Avenue. Eminent domain was created for the “good of the public.” It doesn’t appear that there is anything good about putting citizens through the mental anguish of trying to protect their families, their health and the value of their property.
Dear Sen. Davis and Rep. Burnam:
Please let me make clear what CHK/TMGS' legal team focused objective is for the court hearing that is scheduled in just a little over 48 hours from now: they are asking the court to give them the easement on my property, which would remove the final obstacle in the gas pipeline route coming through Carter Ave.
This clear intention (included in the legal petition) on their part appears to run counter to whatever good-faith discussion and negotiation that you and your staff, et al. had put great time and effort.
Y. Steve Doeung
16. PA-09-004 Abandonment of Lake View Estates: 15 Residential Lots
and 1 Public Street. Council District 7. (Mapsco# 46Q)
a. A Vacation of the Plat of Lake View Estates, an Addition to the City of
Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas, as Recorded in Volume 38834,
Page 7, PRTCT.
b. General Location: West of Boat Club Road, north of Ivy Hill Road,
east of Basswood Drive and Basswood Court, and south of Over Lake
c. DRC Recommends: Approval of this plat abandonment which is in
compliance with the Subdivision Ordinance.
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
See why we love Al Armendariz
"I'm here to make a difference, a real difference, in people's lives when it comes to the air they breathe and the water they drink and the environment as a whole."
And another reason we love the Weekly, they talk to THE people, not the PR people.
And more on Carter Avenue and the growing movement as more join the cause to save our city.
If that were the case, WHY is Chesapeake still taking the one Carter hold out to court Friday morning? Even though the lone hold out asked for legal representation (which we supply to murderers, etc. but not to those having their property stolen) and for a continuance. All requests were denied.
Contact your leaders, come to the courthouse, show your support.
Remember, YOU could be next.
THIS FRIDAY - 12/18/09 8:30 a.m.
County Court at Law #3
100 E Weatherford Fort Worth, TX
Judge Vince Sprinkle
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We then read another post on the blog about the Dallas Trinity River project. This kid thinks outside of the box.
Last week when Durango pointed out to the Parks Department and the rest of the world some issues with the levees, it set off a string of comments (some by The New Kid in Town) that can't be missed.
Said Mayor Mike Moncrief: "XTO remains one of Fort Worth’s finest corporate citizens, and I am pleased to hear that it is Exxon Mobil’s intent to maintain XTO’s operations here in the heart of the Barnett Shale."
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
These O&G-trained PR people are sooooo transparent.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 10, 2009
CONTACT: LISA WHEELERTHURSDAY
PHONE: 512-239-5003 / PAGER: 512-606-3681
TCEQ Commissioners Welcome New EPA Region 6 Administrator
EPA and TCEQ to discuss new public participation rules
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality commissioners today hosted recently appointed EPA Region 6 Administrator Dr. Alfredo “Al” Armendariz at the commission headquarters in Austin. The purpose of the visit was not only to welcome the new administrator to his new position but also to discuss the various rules regarding Texas’ successful air program. Yesterday, commissioners approved for publication a new rule package seeking to expand public participation in the state’s air permit process.
"Texas' air quality permitting program is already one of the most robust in the nation,” said Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, Ph.D. “The TCEQ has taken proactive, aggressive measures to improve air quality in Texas. Air emissions and pollution concentrations in our state are at their lowest level in the past 20 years, while Texas continues to maintain a strong, growing economy.”
"I have always viewed public participation as a vital component in the permitting process," said Commissioner Buddy Garcia. "I appreciate Dr. Armendariz spending time with each of us today, and I look forward to working with him to show the rest of the nation how Texas has been successful and will continue to lead on environmental issues.”
“Texas already has a meaningful and engaging public participation process that directly impacts permits and provides significant environmental safeguards,” said Commissioner Carlos Rubinstein. “I welcome the rule changes that will provide even greater public participation and transparency.”
A public hearing to accept comment on the proposed rule revisions will take place January 25, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. in Building E, Room 201 S, at the TCEQ campus, 12100 Park 35 Circle, in Austin. The comment period will end on February 16.
Moncrief, doing his best Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face impression, made a monumental effort to minimize the problem and insist that industry needs to be included in finding solutions to the minimal problems we might have. Coming out of the other side of his mouth were well-chosen words to indicate his concern for "the quality of life" in FW. I stand by all my "quotes" as, in the ballpark.
1) Parks Department head, Richard Zavala, speaking on a different topic than NG, had an interesting quote:
"We do what we're told around here."
How true... how true. The end message on his Powerpoint, quoting an old cowboy saying, read:
"When we take a man's money we ride for the brand."
This is interesting because Zavala has towed the line and carried water for Moncrief and allowed all kinds of intrusions by gas drillers into our public parks including, seismic testing, pipelines, etc. which make it easier for drillers to ruin the ambience of the park usage. The long-term and ongoing threats are significant. I assume he has designs on being the next mayor.
2) Speaking about the upcoming Super bowl at Cowboys Stadium, Moncrief said:
"The eyes of the world are going to be on FW in 2011."
He's right about that but for unintended reasons.
3) Moncrief repeatedly allowed Councilman, Sal Espino to speak at length, leading me to conclude that Sal is Moncrief's appointed heir in the next Mayoral race.
4) The TCEQ speaker, Keith Sheedy, made one of the worst presentations I've ever seen. He was constantly thrown off balance by his own and Moncrief's comments. He did claim that TCEQ would focus on FW in 2010 and that would be looking for things other than Benzene, including sulfides. They will "ask" industry if they are using Best Management Practices, IR camera technology, etc. to control their emissions.
5) Moncrief claims he wants BMP, more testing in FW to determine IF we have a problem. He suggested that the ambient air is already polluted from sources other than NG and wondered if and how TCEQ can distinguish the two. Commenting about the difference in DISH, Wise County, etc., he worried that we are not comparing apples to apples. That our air is clean and we are victims of their dirty air. He went on to say that determining air quality problems is NOT the job of the City of FW.
6) Councilman Jungus Jordan, chimed in that we are using green completions. Sheedy said that TCEQ does not issue permits for that. Someone else said that green completions do not impact air quality.
7) Councilman Joel Burns asked a few good questions of Sheedy, including:
"Who's in charge?"
8) Sheedy said that a mobile sampling truck was working in FW but that no major studies have happened yet. He blamed lack of funding. He did say that 30 agents had been in FW for 24 hours earlier this year.
9) Councilwoman, Kathleen Hicks made a long-ish speech expressing concerns but not to the extent or with the urgency I would have liked from her.
10) Councilman Zimmerman commented that FW should be a top priority due the large population. I could hear a collective gasp from rural residents in the BS.
11) Continuing his faux-concern for public health, Sal, questioned whether so-called, "dry gas", that is purportedly under FW is dangerous to public health.
"Dry gas DOES have Benzene."
12) Sheedy continued, "TCEQ can adopt emission rules as mandatory and specific rules for specific areas."
13) Councilman Danny Scarth, a man who has received cash from drillers for his campaign asked, "How far away from a gas facility does one have to be to be safe." Now there's a deep thinker for you.
14) Moncrief made a point of saying that he wants FW to lead the way in clean air investigations just as we have led the way in urban drilling.
15) Finally, the "M" word came up in a well-rehearsed moment and Moncrief turned to the city attorney and asked if gas drilling was still legal in Texas. With his head bobbing vigorously, the attorney voiced an emphatic, "YES!", thus quashing any further discussion of a moratorium in FW or the BS.
Just Saying "NO" since 2005!
"God bless Fort Worth, Texas. Help us save some of it."
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Article in today's Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Perry urges EPA to back off plans to regulate carbon dioxide emissions.
"What Perry is doing, typically, is pandering to the polluters who are lining his pockets," Smith said.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, said regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant "would be a job killer" and added, "With double-digit unemployment the last thing Texas families, farmers, and small businesses need is yet another job-killing policy."
U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, also opposes the new EPA policy, fearing that it would "stifle job growth and hurt critical industries in Texas," spokesman Matt Leffingwell said.
While we understand no one wants job loss in Texas, what good is a job if you can't breathe?
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Years later Louisiana residents are still asking that question. Those in Combine, TX are asking it now.
Check out CBS11 for the scoop.
I wonder if these facts have escaped the Star-Telegram? Today's article, "Pressure grows for testing at gas facilities" stimulated me to come up with these facts.
1. The Regional rep for TCEQ admitted at the DISH meeting where the Wolf Eagle results were reported that TCEQ didn't test for neurotoxins like carbon disulfide because the tests were expensive. They didn't even know how to do such tests.
2. The TX RRC has only 5-6 inspectors for the entire Barnett Shale region.
3. It is not true that there are many other urban areas where horizontal gas drilling is being conducted (as Moncrief claimed).
4. The information coming from CHK about "wet" vs "dry" gas comes from the PR department and is unsupported by measurements and drilling pad infrastructure and truck traffic transporting "produced water".
5. It is not true that there hasn't been an issue with air quality that has been raised to date as Moncrief claimed.
6. The council has ignored evidence of pollution that has been presented to them on numerous occasions. ("Activists said..." implies that the author does not have first hand knowledge.)
7. The council has ignored public safety evidence as well.
8.Moncrief makes over $600,000 in income from the O&G industry each year.
9. Burdette is an O&G lawyer who behaves as if he didn't know about the issues of health and safety or what the built out urban gas field would look like and claims that mineral rights trump all other rights anyway, so God is to blame for whatever the citizens may object to.
10. Scarth, Burns, Espino, Burdette, and Jordan may have income from O&G investments they didn't own before they came on Council.
11. They certainly have had political contributions from the industry.
12. There are no technical data supporting the decision to use 600 ft as a faux drilling set-back requirement and plenty of examples of damage and fatalities at larger distances.
13. The companies drilling here have a well known history of lying about their intentions, their infrastructure needs and designs, and their pollution history.
14. Quietly CHK has purchased $257 million in real property (tax values) all over the county in every zoning category. This came to light recently in a search of the TAD database. Apparently the S-T didn't think to look or question this.
I could probably come up with more facts that seem to be unknown by the S-T or deemed uninteresting.
WHY did it take DISH, TX and Deborah Rogers testing to wake up FTW leaders? Oh, because they started getting some press and could no longer be ignored. The group is not a handful of naysayers, it's a large gathering of people concerned with their environment and leadership.
Keep making noise! We are proud of you all for leading the way!
The state’s results came after private tests paid for by the small town of Dish and business owner Deborah Rogers also found what might be poisons.
Rogers and state Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, have called for a moratorium on new permits until the commission finishes its tests.
Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks added, "We need to look at the city of Fort Worth using some of our own money that we gotten from gas drilling ... for additional testing."
Mayor Mike Moncrief said it’s the state’s responsibility to conduct the tests. "We want to know if there are conditions that are dangerous to the citizens that live around where these wells are located," he said. HUH?
"At the same time there are other urban drilling programs all over the country — and there are fixing to be more — and there hasn’t been an issue with air quality that has been raised to date." HUH?
Activists who attended the meeting said, though, that the council has ignored evidence of pollution related to drilling.
The water district’s appraiser, Misty Goodrich, placed the land’s value at $2,382,000.
The water district, the condemning authority for the Trinity River Vision Authority, can now deposit the amount and immediately take possession of the two tracts, which total 6.8 acres near 930 N. Henderson St.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Another rainstorm and the failing levees, well, fail.
Combine, 30 miles east of Dallas, held an Emergency Meeting tonight. Below is the agenda.
Condition of the levee; imminence of breach of the levee; investigation results of the levee by engineers; and emergency management activities pertaining to possible evacuation, area of impact (both City and ETJ) if levee is breached, evacuation notification to citizens of Combine and in the ETJ, evacuation routes and procedures, and management of emergency services between City, county personnel, adjacent city personnel and State personnel.
Residents were told to have an evacuation plan and sign up for the emergency call list.
I just watched the City Council in their hearing with TCEQ and Brian B.
I'm running through too many barf bags this afternoon. This makes me sick. The Council is doing a ballet dance to try to appear concerned while assisting industry in denying responsibility. I thought I would need a 10 gallon receptacle to get me thru Burdette's speech. These people are shills for industry and don't have a clue what questions to ask anyone--not that they really give a damn.
The very idea that they can get answers by asking CHK and XTO to make some measurements and come up with suggestions on how they can improve--is ludicrous on its face. First they wouldn't know what the answers meant, and secondly what makes them think it isn't going to be all crafted by the PR department. And as usual, it's all lies.
Why would you rely on them to tell the truth?????
Monday, December 7, 2009
In an overwhelming show of support for property rights, Texans voted 81 per cent on Nov. 3 for Proposition 11, which will place more restrictions on government entities that use eminent domain to take private property.
Considering this vote by four fifths of the electorate, were I promoting $909 million Trinity Uptown, I would now ask for a vote by local taxpayers to be sure this project had solid community support.
Come hell or high water, the Grangerites push on. The public and the Governor and the Constitution be damned!
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
"They are going to be drilling through the water table," Tim said. "They use carcinogenic chemicals during the fracturing. Some of it might get into the table."
"Do we stay and ruin our health, or leave and ruin our credit?" said Christine of their home in the Allison area.
On Tuesday night, the North Central Texas Communities Alliance (NCTCA) met in Fort Worth to call for a moratorium on further gas production and drilling in the Barnett Shale until several issues are addressed. According to its Web site, the NCTCA is a collection of "individuals, organizations and communities throughout the Barnett Shale area working on local, state and national levels for positive solutions to the problems related to natural gas drilling and pipelines."
Friday, December 4, 2009
Notice Fort Worth is in the mix.
Starting up a well requires 3 million to 7 million gallons of water. Drillers mix in chemicals that environmentalists say can imperil rivers and springs. Critics say natural gas can seep into drinking supplies, too.
Large volumes of water, containing leftover chemicals and mineral waste, return to the surface once a well is complete; that water requires safe disposal or treatment.
The current owner declined to name any of the involved parties.
J.D. Granger, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority, confirmed that he met with Amegy officials Thursday. Trinity River Vision is a political subdivision of the water district and has expressed interest in 16 acres of Bell’s property for canals that are part of the huge Trinity Uptown project.
Granger said Trinity River Vision has no desire to own LaGrave or the entire 58-acre tract.
Bell said his negotiations could be strengthened by higher appraisals on two nearby properties in late November, sought by the Tarrant County Water District for the Trinity River project.
Remember what they said in October?
Thursday, December 3, 2009
State officials from TCEQ say until someone gives them documentation saying drilling is causing it, they don't think it is. The TCEQ spokesperson also said, it's nothing to worry about.
Really. Is the water supply to his town cut off? Is he drinking radioactive water?
The Mayor from Chico wants to know why the state isn't doing more to protect water supply.
So do we.
Over the years he's made some noise with both TCEQ and the EPA. We need more mayors like him! The article begins the story as Hurricane Katrina has slammed into New Orleans and 200,000 evacuees have ended up in his town...
He has instead taken on more than a dozen major issues, many of which carried considerable political risk. He banned, for all practical purposes, lobbyists from city hall and from any involvement in city contracts, thereby cleaning up what many had come to call “the trough.”
White also went after Lyondell Chemical, the city’s largest emitter of the carcinogen benzene. Unable to force compliance under city laws, he tried an inventive strategy: He challenged Lyondell’s operating permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. “If the company believes that it’s just fine to put tons and tons of benzene in the air,” White told the Chronicle last year, in full trial lawyer mode, “then we would like to hear what scientific evidence they have that benzene is good for you.” The matter is still pending.
In July 2008 White went even further: He challenged the Environmental Protection Agency’s basic methods of estimating levels of pollutants. He insisted that because of the EPA’s flawed methods, emissions of harmful chemicals in Houston were many times what they were reported to be. The EPA’s reply, which made national news, came in April 2009. To the amazement of many, the agency agreed with White and promised to overhaul the way it calculates cancer-causing emissions from plants.
Read all about it in the FW Business Press.
Remember, Mayor Moncrief said he will do whatever it takes to protect the safety and well being of our citizens. Hold him to it! Make some noise!
When you’re in a hole, stop digging, Burnam said at a community meeting about the contentious, proposed Carter Avenue pipeline on the city’s east side. The state representative first called for a moratorium 18 months ago. Now, he says he knows more through the experience gained over the past several years and months.
Calvin Tillman, Mayor of DISH, TX had to miss the meeting though he did prepare a video, that you can see on TXSharon here.
Many residents from Carter Avenue, and some of their children spoke. Steve Doeung, the one resident to hold out and fight the eminent domain threat against his property, spoke on the integrity and values of America and our citizens and protecting our children.
The Rosemont neighborhood leader, Robert Snoke, spoke on their recent victory.
Residents from Coldwater Creek attended too.
Tim Ruggiero spoke about the taking and destroying of his property and family security by the gas industry. He and the audience were both moved to tears. You can read about his fight on TXSharon.
TXSharon spoke on the work OGAP has done.
Louis McBee gave a great speech, reminding all that none of these issues are new. They have all been brought up to and ignored by council and the gas drilling task force in the past.
Gary Hogan spoke as well. He recalled years ago when the drilling started near his house, he called Chuck Silcox at midnight. Chuck came right away. (We sure do miss Chuck).
There were many of the communities biggest players in the audience. Jerry Lobdill, Charlie Murphy, Clyde and Tru Picht, Cathy Hirt, Mike Phipps, and of course Don Young.
Lon Burnam's mixer after the meeting was a great success as well. Congrats on a meeting well done. Remember, it's only the beginning!
What did the Fort Worth Star-Telegram say about the meeting Tuesday and the meeting held by city representatives Wednesday? Something about "in principle".
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Monday, November 30, 2009
In Dallas, the levee collapse at I-35 and Regal Row seems to be causing some concern. The culprit? A water leak in the city utility line.
Two other sections have collapsed in the upper West levees in the past few weeks, but that is blamed on Mother Nature herself.
Over in Fort Worth, money is being given to improve Riverside Park, IF the neighborhood is willing to let it flood. Trinity River Vision wants to excavate the parkland 16 feet lower than it already is.
Neighborhood leaders are concerned about the already limited green space and the contaminants that would be left behind. The city isn't.
The Trinity River Vision Authority and the City of Fort Worth are holding a meeting Tuesday for residents. They say if they really don't want it, they will find other land to use as flood storage.
They said WHAT? Is that part of the Trinity River Master Plan? What other land? How will they obtain other land?
The meeting details are listed below. Lots of meetings tomorrow. Be there! And then share your story with Texas Lone Star!
Share your ideas about a new master plan for Riverside Park, 501 Oakhurst Scenic Drive, at a meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Fort Worth Harvest Church, 620 N. Chandler Drive. Residents can discuss and help determine recreational features that would be most desirable to the community. A Spanish interpreter will be available.
Too bad our city leaders wouldn't listen then. Prime example of nothing was done, it just got worse.
Make sure they hear YOU tomorrow.
The time is NOW.
I've been looking back at my email traffic since August 2007 when I first got into this urban gas drilling fight. Here's an email I wrote way back on September 13, 2007 talking about what I learned about the gas drillers' plans in one single evening at the Trinity Trees forum. I got the bit about rubber-stamping high impact wells wrong, but now even that part is correct.
And our City Council and Mayor want us to believe that they innocently never considered anything but the economic benefits when they were considering opening the city gates for this industry. They didn't just fail to do due diligence. They deliberately didn't think about it.
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2007 12:08:26 -0500
To: Jerry Lobdill
From: Jerry Lobdill
Subject: About Trinity Trees
Bcc: Don Young
Hot off the press news:
I posted to the blog the following comment:
We are facing a blitzkreig in the next year. Let's get real. The mayor has told all council members "I'm a very vindictive guy, and if you don't go along with me I'll get you." All but Silcox are scared of him. Moncrief's a gas industry shill and profiteer. His Barnett Shale profits this year will hit $1M. Know your enemy.
Now let me explain what the industry wants. They say they want about 3000 wells inside of Loop 820. At the Trinity Trees forum it was said (and not disputed) that they wanted a drilling pad every 7000 ft inside the city limits. These numbers are astonishingly consistent if one thinks of about 6 wells per drilling pad. This density would place 15 drilling pads on every MAPSCO page of the Fort Worth MAPSCO book. Look at any page and tell me how many pad sites you can place there that will not require a high impact variance. It sure as hell isn't 15.
So what this means is that they will be coming to council daily with applications for high impact variances. So far these have been rubber-stamped. Doing this makes a complete mockery of the ordinance. That is what is going to happen unless we can mount a strong grass roots attack to stop it. They're going to need about 400 or so to produce the city.
The ordinance is based on a desire by industry to create a moral hazard so that they cannot be held liable for the almost certain disaster that will come in the form of an explosive blowout followed by fire. There is no body of data that supports any given set back (300ft, 600 ft, whatever). The function of the law is to indemnify the producers and drillers. So let's not kid ourselves into thinking it's a safety measure. With the rubber-stamp "high impact" variance they can have their cake and eat it too. What do you think will happen to our taxes, our insurance, our property resale value?
We have to get organized on a city-wide basis, or we're going to have a city that is not fit to live in.
Just my $0.02
Short-term exposure of benzene can cause nausea, dizziness, headache and drowsiness, whereas long-term exposure may affect bone marrow and blood, and may cause leukemia, Honeycutt said. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists benzene as one of 188 air pollutants that “may reasonably be anticipated to result in an increase in mortality or an increase in serious irreversible or incapacitating reversible illness,” according to the agency’s Web site.
State Representative Lon Burnam will be holding a meeting immediately following the community meeting tomorrow night. There is also a meeting on Wednesday. Busy week! Mark your calendars! Details on when and where below.You can express your concerns about the gas drilling and pipeline issues at any of these three events:
Beer and Pretzels Mixer following a Community Sponsored Forum at 6pm
When: Tuesday December 1, 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Where: The Elvis Room, Hotel Trinity Inn and Suites (-I30 and Beach Street)
A Public Meeting Sponsored by Sen. Davis, Rep. Burnam, and Councilwoman Hicks
When: Wednesday December 2, 6:30pmWhere: Meadowbrook Elemenatry School (4330 Meadowbrook Dr.)
Join me for Coffee and Pan Dulce as I File for Re-Election
When: Thursday December 3, 8:30am - 9:00am
Where: Tarrant County Democratic Party (3004 W. Lancaster Ave.)
To all who have fought so hard for some sanity to gas drilling...I have a question.
Exactly when do you become an "activist" instead of the city labeled "naysayer," or even worse, "CAVE People" (Citizens Against Virtually Everything)?
ANSWER: When you and truth can no longer be silenced by elected leadership.
Keep making noise! Hold your leaders accountable.
Unite tomorrow! Invite your friends and your family. It's their air and water too!
Watch the lastest from WFAA.com.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Once again, Durango has the dirt.
And where do those folks suing the gas drillers in PA live? Carter Road, that's where.
TXSharon has the dirt on that.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
We aren't the only ones...read about the failed purple river project and it's contradictions here.
If the head of the Tarrant Regional Water District "doesn't know" specifics about what he's dumping in the Trinity/Horned Frog river, do we really want these people rerouting it?
Friday, November 27, 2009
He's always out and about showing us what is going on in the city.
We didn't realize he had yet to have the honor of hearing Mayor Moncrief speak in person until today. Today being the day the Mayor poured chemicals into the Trinity River that he renamed Horned Frog River.
Read what Durango had to say about this close encounter here.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
We are thankful for our friends on Carter Avenue! Cheers to their victory and spirit!
We are also thankful for those that play a part in trying to save our cities and protect our residents. It takes a village.
And last but certainly not least, we are thankful for Durango.
As soon as I turned off Beach Street on to Carter Avenue I saw flags, lots of American flags, in front of every home on Carter Avenue, then more flags when I turned left on Sanborn Street, flags all the way to Mother Nature on Scott Avenue, a monument that continues to weep over the damage done to the Tandy Hills by Chesapeake Energy.
Was this the people of Carter Avenue celebrating that the American Way had worked? That truth, justice and doing the right thing had prevailed. That they had used the power of their freedom of speech to let other Americans know about the threat being directed at Carter Avenue?
Following the American flags down Carter Avenue leads you to Mother Nature. That has to mean something...
And from his later posting about David and Goliath -
Using the greatest power an American has, the use of their free speech, the people of Carter Avenue fought back against Chesapeake Energy and the corrupted elected officials of the city they live in.
Happy Thanksgiving Y'all!
Texas Lone Star
Tarrant Regional Water District eminent domain cases, just in time for the Holiday.
Read all about it in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article, "Hearings begin for Trinity Uptown property seizures".
Sounds festive, doesn't it?
If that doesn't, you'll be happy to know the city is teaming up with the Water District to dump purple dye in the river. Again. They are also going to rename it for the game.
Check out the companies mentioned along with money, in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram article.
Want more? While we still appreciate efforts to conserve water, we have to wonder, WHO orders 7,000 toilets? WHO pays? The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has the scoop on the Royal Flush.
And Jerry Lobdill.
TxDot comes around on East Side pipeline; Carter Avenue route possibly averted
BY JOHN-LAURENT TRONCHE
November 25, 2009
"Pipelines are an essential part of natural gas production, and are used to transport the produced natural gas from a well site to the market via gathering lines and transmission lines, the former of which currently are being installed around Fort Worth.
Each well drilled will require pipeline access."
So...why was it that the Fort Worth City Council wasn't told this? (Chuck Silcox said this.) Why was this not disclosed before the Council changed the zoning ordinance to allow wells and pipelines in every zoning category?
Why weren't the mineral lessors told this before they signed mineral leases?
Now it is written as if it were a ho-hum fact in the FW Business Press.
Mr. Woodard has something to say in the FW Business Press too.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
The residents, that's WHO.
Keep making noise
Read the article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Citizens calling for a moratorium on gas drilling in Pennsylvania as well as Texas. Can you hear them now? Read it all at www.philly.com.
Jarrett called for a moratorium on gas leases until the state can assess its ability to manage the rush. "We ought to put on the brakes until a study can be conducted to analyze what kind of impacts the drilling is having," she said.
"If they have a problem, they spend their way out of it," he said of Anadarko, which is based near Houston and has operations around the world. A single well costs $4 million to develop - each four-acre well pad may contain six or more wells - and a rig costs $50,000 a day to operate.
Gas drillers and dollar signs...the environment and the citizens paying the price.
Check out the article on PennLive.com. We can't afford not to.
Citizens of Pennsylvania, you’re being deceived, misled, misdirected, fooled, conned, bamboozled, tricked, and taken advantage of.
2009 will be remembered as the year Pennsylvanian’s traded their most precious renewable resource: water, for a few lousy bucks and the hollow promise of a balanced state budget. In a crazy stampede for short-term profits and an easy financial fix, Pennsylvanians are placing their state’s environmental health and financial future at risk.
She also has the latest pipeline explosion information and some good pictures of Mayor Tillman from DISH, TX.
More weekend pipeline explosion information here. One worker was killed and another injured.
Oh, and don't forget the radioactive water in Hudson Oaks.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
The League of Neighborhoods is hosting an open forum and panel discussion on the effects of oil and gas drilling on air quality at 7 p.m. Thursday at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth
Sounds like a federal judge thinks the same thing.
Articles from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and KTEN.com.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Part of our favorite of the many The Weekly served up.
Sigh. Mayoral turkey again?
He earned it for his recent comment expressing deep concern for how the good people in the Fort might be affected by dangerous emissions pouring out of all those gas wells he's embraced. "Identifying the impacts of gas drilling on our neighborhoods and on the health and safety of our citizens remains a top priority," he intoned. The statement followed the disclosure that the state environmental agency had found elevated levels of the carcinogen benzene in the air around gas wells and compressor sites.
This is a guy whose family has made a lot of money off gas and oil wells for decades. He had to have known what was coming when the first landmen showed up bearing promises of mailbox money - knew or should have known that neighborhoods would be disrupted and streets torn apart by well-support truck traffic. He should have known that the "salt water" those trucks were supposedly carrying was in fact dangerous chemical waste. He had to have known that wells would need gathering lines and compressor stations and delivery lines and that those lines could be taken by eminent domain. He had to have known that gas would be flared off into the air we breathe and that the monthly royalty checks paid to most mineral-rights-owning residents would be in the $5 to $10 a month range. He had to have known that gas wells produce dangerous hydrocarbons, that wells and pipes explode occasionally, and that compressor stations produce a constant low-frequency hum that drives some people absolutely crazy.
But he didn't say a word about those things. And then he stacked the drilling ordinance task forces of 2006 and 2008 with industry supporters and took away the panel's power to deal with things like environmental impacts.
Now, when even the state can no longer pretend there aren't poisons aplenty in the air all over the Barnett Shale, he sends out a memo saying he's all for protecting us.
Maybe they should've listened to the Gas Drilling Task Force, or the countless citizens that have been asking the same questions for years.
Again, another Texas woman, Chris Hawes from WFAA, leading the charge on this one with her Barnett Shale reporting.
Keep making noise! Elected officials have to listen to We The People, whether they want to or not...it's just a matter of time.
I have been asked on several occasions, by folks around the country to come and talk about the air study here in DISH. It seems a bit odd to me, but it appears that tiny DISH, TX has been the only municipality to perform a study such as this. I will happily share our story here in DISH with anyone who would like to hear about. I firmly believe that the only way to change the current situation is stand together. I further believe that helping you, where ever you may be, will also help us hear in DISH. Therefore, if you are interested in hearing about our story please contact me directly to discuss the possibilities. I will not accept funding for any travel expenses, but also need to know that my presentation would make a difference. Please give me a call or email for details.
"Those who say it can not be done, should get out of the way of those that are doing it"
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
See the article in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram by Deborah Rogers calling for a moratorium on gas drilling in Fort Worth.
It includes your invitation to help save our city -
The League of Neighborhoods is hosting an open forum and panel discussion on the effects of oil and gas drilling on air quality at 7 p.m. Thursday at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University Drive, Fort Worth
Drilling has occurred at unprecedented rates in densely populated areas — near our homes, our schools, our medical facilities. It was allowed without ever conducting a study to determine the consequences of such activity on our neighborhoods, our health and our welfare, and without ever putting into place a system of ongoing monitoring or controls. Short-term gain won out over long-term responsibility to local residents.
There is no historical precedent for this. We now know that we have been exposed to a known human carcinogen. If further testing comes back showing sulfur compounds in addition to benzene, then we have a greater problem ahead. While no one disputes the economic benefits of the Barnett Shale, the gas must be produced responsibly.