In late 2009, Chesapeake Energy managed to get waivers for a controversial gas well in the heart of Fort Worth's high-end commercial district. The site is just two blocks from the world-class Cultural District museums and the fancy, new 7th Street corridor.
Trinity Park, the crown jewel of the Fort Worth parks system, is right next door to the pad-site, a mere 225' away. This old-growth forest of Pecan, Oak and Elm trees is one of the most beautiful spots in the city. Just a short distance from the pad-site is the ever-popular duck pond, miniature train, playgrounds and hike/bike trails that attract families and children. The Trinity River flows nearby, along the perimeter. read more of this posting »
Please watch a new, 4.5 minute video from, Oscar-nominated film director, Josh Fox about the T-Rex of hydrocarbon extraction:
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Make that EX-Mayor.
Mayor Mike Moncrief and Texas Governor Perry linked in a report from Aljazeera. This couldn't be any worse than the spin put out by the FW Star-Telegram. The spurs seem to fit:
The U.S. EIA (Energy Information Administration) is a branch of the Department of Energy. They recently published an interactive map that shows the progression of natural gas production in the Barnett Shale from 1997 - 2010.
It's like watching cancer cells multiply with similar effect. Reminds me a quote by Edward Abbey:
"Growth for the sake of growth is the ideology of the cancer cell."
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-See why the future of living things in North Texas is F****D:
Trinity Trees: Update July, 2011
$162,000. Chesapeake landscaping project, all but dead
I recently reported how gas drilling companies such as, Chesapeake and XTO have industrialized much of the Trinity River greenbelt in Fort Worth, including sections of the highly prized, Trinity Trails System. One of the first shots fired across the bow of the greenbelt was at a magical little place called, Trinity Trees.
Backstory---In 2007, Chesapeake Energy bought one of Fort Worth's most treasured green spaces known as Trinity Trees. The heavily-wooded 8.33-acre grove sits along the banks of the Trinity River near a popular hike-bike trail that has been used for generations. It contains some of the oldest and largest trees in Fort Worth. read more of this posting »
Dear Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-
It has been more than a week since I requested that Seismic Testing be halted in Fort Worth until the public has proof that it is safe, legal and cost-free to all residents. However, testing is still underway and many of your District 8 constituents are concerned.
Our primary concern is that the City of Fort Worth relied too heavily on information provided by the drilling industry or one of its partners when issuing a testing permit to Dawson Geophysical. We are also concerned that because the City is in business with Chesapeake, XTO, etc. and depends on them for City revenue, a potential conflict of interest exists that may affect prudent decision making. read more of this posting »
Mike Moncrief’s Legacy of Greed and Deception
Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief is hanging up his spurs. Those spurs that kicked the heart out of Fort Worth for the past eight years will now be fitted to new Mayor, Betsy Price, aka: Moncrief in a skirt. It is too early to tell if she will continue Moncrief's Nazi-like, mayoral style known as, The Fort Worth Way. Bets are, the spurs are a perfect fit. read more of this posting »
An open letter to City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-
Dear Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks-
Some of my neighbors and I are very concerned about a massive seismic testing operation/experiment currently underway in our neighborhoods. Dawson Geophysical is a subcontractor for the private, for-profit companies, Chesapeake and XTO Energy, using public streets and ROW's to gather seismic data from a vast area. read more of this posting »
Politics is not pretty and, for me, electing politicians is basically a, "hold your nose" exercise. Most everything about it runs counter to my idealistic nature. I tend to avoid it for my own health and well being.
But this year, I made an exception to my rule about installing yard signs for politicians and posted two signs supporting Cathy Hirt for Mayor of Fort Worth. Importantly, they are right next to my well worn, Just Say NO to Urban Gas Drilling sign. read more of this posting »
We all have personal reasons for getting involved in David vs. Goliath-type battles. Something or someone pushes our "button"; we become mad as hell and can't take it anymore; we reach our tipping point. Mine began, modestly enough, on a hot, summer day in 2004 when, an acquaintance pointed across the street from my house and said something like:
"Hey, I hear they're gonna put a gas well up on that hill."
Not just "any" hill, mind you, but one of "my" hills. Tandy Hills Natural Area (THNA), to be exact, a public park owned by the City of Fort Worth. My heart-rate jumped. I had a gut feeling my life was about to switch gears.