Carter Burdette recently retired from the FW City Council, rather than run again for office. That's good because he is a Very Bad Man. I prepared the following letter back in April to expose his conflicts of interest and other shenanigans. When he retired I put the letter aside, cutting him some slack. BUT, his recent and outrageous Letter to the Editor of the Star-Telegram, blaming city residents fro streets not getting repaired, prompted me to dust off my old letter. He deserves it now more than ever. See expose' at Star-TELEGRAPH:
April, 2011 read more of this posting »
Reporter, Josh Harkinson, visited Fort Worth last week and got the Dante's Inferno Grand Tour of Dirty Ol' Town. His report on the Mother Jones website throws water on gas drillers claim that their water use is insignificant.
> August 30, 2011.
> Fort Worth, Texas.
> Worst drought in Fort Worth history is underway.
> Stage 1 water use restrictions went into effect yesterday.
> I took a little hike along the Trinity River today.
> Hundreds of gas wells and related infrastructure dot the entire length of river as it winds through town.
> Drilling companies are among the the largest contributors to Texas politicians.
> Fracking and drilling are exempt from water restrictions.
> Each frack job uses around 5 million gallons of fresh water.
> Prior to 2005 there were ZERO gas wells in Fort Worth.
> As of August, 2011, there are around 2,000 gas wells in the City of Fort Worth.
> Each gas well is re-fracked over and over again for many years. read more of this posting »
The drilling industry absorbed a double whammy yesterday with these two brief but damaging reports from CBS-11 DFW. On the other hand, Citizen's of the Shales are taking the same double whammy but in a different way.
"When gas drillers use water, it's permanently removed from the water (hydrologic) cycle.. There's a finite amount of water on planet Earth. Whenever you use it to frack, it has to be buried in the ground a million years."
What the report did not say is how that "buried", toxic water will come back to haunt us via leaks in the disposal wells casing. Ironically, earthquakes will speed up the process.
Earthquake issues: read more of this posting »
My recent report on the industrialization of Trinity Park got the desired media reaction. Jason Allen of CBS 11 DFW is doing a report tonight at 10 PM. Appropriately, it came on another Level Orange air quality warning day in Dirty Ol' Town.
Jason's angle will probably focus on the millions of gallons of water used to frack this single Chesapeake well during the worst drought in Texas history*. I encouraged him to see the whole picture of what it means to industrialize much of Fort Worth and North Texas. read more of this posting »
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."
-Follow this link.
-Click on the blue square.
-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 »