In their latest angle on the dangers of drilling-fracking, the national media is fixated on the DEAD. While I welcome almost any media attention to the most important environmental/human health issue of our times, this one is kind of like a red herring, distracting the public from real issues.
When the media came calling last week I did my best to steer them back on track. We all have respect for the dead but when industry is fouling the planet at a breakneck pace we must focus on the LIVING. We must hold them accountable.
One thing is certain: Fort Worth, Texas is not safe for either.
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- Do you love basketball but hate gas drilling and fracking?
- Do you love to hate Chesapeake Energy?
You're in luck!
Even if you hate fracking AND basketball you have reason to cheer on the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the NBA FInals this Thursday night. Here's why:
- The Oklahoma City Thunder is partially owned by Chesapeake Energy CEO, Aubrey McClendon.
- The team plays at, Chesapeake Energy Arena, which was purchased with Dirty Money.
- The Heat hold a 3-1 advantage over the Oklahoma City Thunder in the best-of-seven series.
- - - - - - -> Oh, and while you're at it, check out the new short film about an even BIGGER game from GASLAND director, Josh Fox titled, The Sky is Pink.
Consider it a pep rally for the big game. Go Heat!
from Jim Schermbeck, Downwinders at Risk:
This Wednesday at 10 EST, Dr. Al Armendariz will be facing off with Smokey Joe Barton in Washington at a hearing of a subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Some of us have decided to try and put up a new website by the time Dr. Al begins to testify that will both show we stand behind him and try to build a larger base of support for him and his work. The site is: http://www.imanarmendariz.com and it's name comes from this quote by Senator Inhofe (R-Oil and Gas) after he learned that Dr. Al resigned:
"It's not just Armendariz.
There are lots of other Armendarizes around."
To prove how right the Senator is, we're collecting pics from citizens who are proudly willing to stand behind a sign that says "I am an Armendariz" - that they too are for prosecuting environmental criminals instead of coddling them, and support Al as he faces another round of needless harassment in order to advance the House's radical anti-EPA agenda. We'll put these "I am an Armendariz" pics up online a the new website. If you want to contribute, please send your pics to:
We're looking forward to receiving everyone's contributions.
Thanks for your consideration.
Downwinders at Risk
"He's always talking about environmental issues. He's not talking about any issues that make a difference to constituents."
That comment recently burbled forth from the unmanaged mouth of Carlos Vasquez when describing his opponent in the District 90 Texas House race, State Representative Lon Burnam.
In the zany world of 2012 Texas politics such a pea-brained statement counts as an insult against Mr. Burnam.
In MY world it says two things:
1) Lon Burnam is tuned in to what matters most to his constituents and is a dependable ally.
2) If elected, Vasquez would not be a reliable defender of human health and the environment.
Your vote will help determine the outcome.
Vote tomorrow, May 29.
Over his 30-years of service, Lon Burnam has often been the ONLY sane voice in the Texas House defending Mother Earth and the people who live in District 30. Democrats, Republicans, Independents and people of all colors have all benefited from his leadership.
A vote for Lon Burnam is a vote for for the environment. It is essential that we re-elect Lon Burnam.
We all have a place that inspires us to take a stand against Big Gas & Oil.
That place can be as vast as the Upper Delaware River Basin that inspired Josh Fox or a humble home in the suburbs. For me that place was and is, Tandy Hills Natural Area, in Fort Worth, Texas.
I'm requesting your help to keep Tandy Hills "like it was."
The main thing you need to know about Tandy Hills is that it's one of the last of the breed. The few remnants of native Texas prairie are akin to Unicorns: Beautiful, exceedingly rare and hunted to near extinction.
The 160 acres of Tandy Hills prairie were stalked by the gas industry just like the mythical Unicorn hunters of old. Keeping them at bay has been one of the few victories in the local gas war. But it takes constant surveillance, unwavering commitment and creative subversion to keep them out of Tandy Hills.
That's what Friends of Tandy Hills Natural Area (FOTHNA) does, but in a non-threatening, positive way. FOTHNA helps people fall in love with the place so they will fight to protect it. Most importantly, we help educate the future guardians of the place.
Prairie Fest and Kids on the Prairie may look like benign activities but they are actually part of a subversive campaign to save some of Fort Worth by raising public awareness via wildflowers, music, art and environmental education.
Here's how it works:
---> Prairie Fest (http://tandyhills.org/fest) began in my front yard in 2006 as a direct attempt to keep gas drilling out of the park. Since then, the solar-powered festival has become one of the largest green festivals in north Texas, winning the Best Outdoor Cultural Event in Fort Worth in 2010 while demonstrating environmental stewardship to thousands of Texans. It even received an honor from the City of Fort Worth. read more of this posting »
From the, "What-is-this-world-coming-to" Department...
The Fort Worth City Council will soon decide if allowing earthquakes inside the city limits is OK.
I've lost track of the number of earthquakes that have occurred in the Barnett Shale since the beginning of the big bad boom, but it's a lot.
Similar quakes have ravaged Arkansas, Colorado and other states where fracking and toxic waste injection wells are commonplace. There are well over 100 injection wells in the Barnett, alone.
In nearly all of these places, earthquakes were unheard of until the drillers showed up. As FW League of Neighborhoods, President, Libby Willis, points out in her upcoming, Special to the Star-Telegram,
"When the injections stopped, the earthquakes stopped."
Armed with that vital information, the motley fools known as, The Fort Worth City Council, may soon allow injection wells inside the City limits. This fits their pattern of marching to the orders of the City's legal department who get their orders from Chesapeake, XTO and other drilling fanatics. Smell's funny, don't it.
But don't worry citizens. As the city attorney likes to say, "It will be done in an orderly fashion." Right, Sarah. Of course, you cooooould flood their email boxes with letters of protest, in an orderly fashion:
Mayor Betsy Price: email@example.com
City Attorney: Sarah.Fullenwider@fortworthgov.org
Sal Espino: District2@fortworthgov.org
Zim Zimmerman: firstname.lastname@example.org
Danny Scarth: District4@fortworthgov.org
Frank Moss: District5@fortworthgov.org
Jungus Jordan: District6@fortworthgov.org
Dennis Shingleton: email@example.com
Kathleen Hicks: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joel Burns: District9@fortworthgov.org
Read Ms. Willis' essay in the new blog, Fort Worth Follies:
The French word for "shale" is "schist", thus the witty Gallic humor in the title of French reporter, Xavier Frison's report from a recent trip to Texas, USA. Xavier arrived from Paris to visit the land of American Maso-schists to try and understand why they endure the pain and suffering caused by shale drilling. His conclusion: They must get off on some deviant form of masochism. (Actually, I think we suffer from chronic apathy.) read more of this posting »
Here in the North Texas, Land of Pretend, it has not taken long for the new Mayor of Dirty Ol' Town to embrace the folly of her predecessor, Mike (What conflict of interest?) Moncrief.
After receiving a much anticipated and widely criticized Air Quality Report from Eastern Research Group (ERG) Mayor Betsy (Strings-Attached) Price cheerfully declared:
"First, I'm pleased because, there are no immediate risks to public health."
-Mayor Betsy "Strings-attached" Price
Boy howdy, that's a ringing endorsement for our All America City but not unexpected from Moncrief's heir-apparent and Chesapeake's newest puppet. But what about next week, your Ladyship?
Tell that to Barnett Shale kids whose asthma rate has sky-rocketed. read more of this posting »
I recently gave a talk to the, Tarrant County Democratic Woman's Club. My, Powerpoint presentation was a condensed timeline, with photos, of my personal experience living in Fort Worth, Texas, A.D. (After Drilling).
It was NOT a Gas Drilling 101 with all the facts, figures and graphs. Rather, it's my personal story and remembrances in this complex experiment from, 2004 - 2011: Why I became involved and what has happened along the way, so far. Not every detail is listed (or remembered) but most of the highlights are present.
Thanks to masterful technical assistance from, Jen Schultz, and the brain-jogging consultation of Debora Young, the Powerpoint is now a YouTube video titled:
Dirty Ol' Town
Fort Worth, Texas, A.D.
2004 - 2011
Check it out here: read more of this posting »
September 13 is National, Stop Fracking Now!, Call Day to President Obama.
Here a 3 Fast Frack Facts to remind you and him of how dangerous fracking is to the environment and helth:
Frack Fact #1:
80,000 pounds of chemicals are injected in the Earth's crust to frack every gas well.
Frack Fact #2:
Researchers suspect that 65 of the compounds used in fracking are hazardous to human and animal health.
Frack Fact #3:
Upwards of 70% of fracking fluid remains in the ground and is not biodegradable.
Call the White House at 202-456-1111 or 202-456-1414 between 9 am and 5 pm EDT on September 13th. If the phone lines get jammed, send an email through the White House Contact page:
For more info see the United for Action website: read more of this posting »